AFTAC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION - WEST COAST CHAPTER

MEMORIALS FOR OUR RECENTLY DEPARTED MEMBER(S)

ALPHA INDEX- Click on name to go directly there
Abbott, John Allison, Jack Allison, Rosalie Amerena, Joe Armintrout, Willard Bauman, Vincent
Bressan, Tom Brown, Alice Burry, Richard Celick, Arne Chamberlain, Richard Davis, Richard
Davis, Robert Denney, Leonard Dettmer, Franz 'Herb' Esping, Jim Ferris, Bo Fritts, Steve
Gomes, Al Hollstein, Orville Hopkins, Jackie Iske, Marge Johnson, Allen 'AJ' Johnson, Gayle
Johnson, John 'J.R.' Johnson, Willis 'Bill' Jones, Bobby Kemna, Laurie Klug, Rose LaBarre, Gerald
Lucas, Jim McGee, Robert 'Doug' Moran, Michael 'Jerry' Morrison, Bob Mullinax, Billy Pressley, Gerald
Pritchard, Orville Thompson, George Reece, Wayne Satterlee, 'Satch'    

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Joe Amerena
JOE AMERENA
Photo provided by Dale Klug from AFTACAA 'WALL 20 YEAR' Section
JOSEPH AMERENA, MSgt USAF Retired
b. dd-mmm-yyyy;   d. 14-Aug-2017 Norco, CA

Information received from Tina, Joe's Daughter, in an Email she sent to John Miner, which John then sent to Dale Klug.

"Joe has passed away...I am so sad to say. He went in the hospital Thursday, (Ed: 8/10), with a very bad infection. He was not able to beat it. I miss him already. Please inform his friends. You were so very important to him. Thank you for your valued friendship, Tina"

Dale Klug added: "I called Tina this morning, (Ed: 8/17),. She said Joe along with his wife, Jane, will be buried with full military honors in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (informally known as Punchbowl Cemetery) at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii."

"Joe also was a US Marine Corps veteran who firmly believed "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" and ended his emails with "Semper Fi"."

Dale subsequently said: "Joe was at 1155/TOD from 1967 - 1999. His daughter will send me an obit when she gets one finalized with the info from the Punchbowl Cemetery."

Note: The obituary will be published here when we receive it. ... WCC Webmaster/Ed.


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Rose Klug
Rose Klug
Another angel, Rose Klug, 67, Sacramento CA, got her wings on February 12, 2017, following a two year battle with cancer. At her side when she was beamed up to Heaven were husband Dale; their children Linda, Christopher & Jennifer; granddaughter Emily; sister Debbie; her godmom Emily and brother-in-law Peter.

Rose was born in Oklahoma City to a beautiful young Hispanic girl, Beatrice Quintero and husband, Roger Warren. Rose & Dale were married in Sacramento, April 23, 1970. She loved working with children as a teacher's aide and soccer coach in North Highlands, CA, Wheeler AFB, HI and Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece. She retired from the Golden 1 Credit Union in 1996 as a Member Services Supervisor.

She is also survived by her brothers & sisters, Ronald, Benny, Debbie, Pauline, Michael, Letha & Nona, all in Texas & Oklahoma; her stepmother, Tae of Sacramento and uncle, Charles Warren of Sioux Center IA. She's also survived by many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters & brothers-in-law throughout the US.

The family thanks Roseville and Sacramento Sutter Medical Group Doctors Chellappah, Gonik, Spinelli and their staffs for the excellent care they provided Rose in the past two years. A special "Thank You" to the Roseville Sutter Infusion Center's outstanding nurses & staff and the Sutter Health Hospice team, especially nurses Peter and Beth, who went out of their way to provide Rose the most professional care during this trying time.

A Memorial & Celebration of Life will be 10:00 am, Thursday, June 15 at St Lawrence Church, North Highlands, CA.
A reception will follow.
  [Map to St Lawrence's Catholic Church, 4325 Don Julio Blvd, North Highlands, CA 95660]
Interment in Crucifixion Catholic Cemetery, LaCrescent, MN is pending.


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Alice Brown
Alice Brown
(Photo from 5/14/2016
WCC Picnic Album)
Alice Louise Brown
d. 24-Dec-2016 in Citrus Heights, CA

Alice Louise Brown, Age 88, passed away peacefully Saturday night, December 24, 2016. She was the wife of Colonel (Retired) Calvin W. Brown and she spent 33 years traveling around the world with him before they retired at McClellan AFB. Married 69 years. She was once an avid bridge player, played golf regularly, assisted Calvin in uplifting morale of his military personnel, and was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grand-mother. She is survived by her husband (Calvin); three children - Tom (wife Cathy), Dick (wife Terry) and Bob; seven grandchildren - Rob (wife Bonnie), Del (wife Genevieve), Cindy (husband Dan), Nick (wife Santina), Christy (husband Kurt), Tony (wife Lauren), and Jeff; and 19 great- grandchildren. She was loved by her friends and her family and will be greatly missed. In lieu of services, contributions can be made in her name to Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, one of her constant charities.

Son, Tom Brown said that no service is planned here for his mom and that she was cremated. Her ashes will be taken with them where his family is moving his Dad, Cal, on 1/7/2017 to the east coast. Cal's new address as of that date will be:
Cal Brown, 6924 Knotty Pine Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.   No phone number yet.

Link to Alice's Sacramento Bee obit as published on 1/1/2017 with access to the online 'Guest Book' .

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Jacqueline Hopkins
Jacqueline Hopkins
(Photo from Obit)
Jacqueline Ann Ballard Hopkins
b. 21-Jul-1935;   d. 24-Aug-2016 in North Highlands, CA

Jacqueline Ann Ballard Hopkins, daughter of Janice Marea Price Ballard and Arthur Herbert Ballard, II entered into life on July 21, 1935 in Springfield, MA. She went home to the Lord, peacefully in her sleep on August 24, 2016 after battling cancer for 7 years. She grew up in West Hartford, CT. Most of her life she worked as a bookkeeper, retiring in 2004 from H & R Block. She was a life member of the Air Force Sergeants Association Auxiliary. She served as international president of the Auxiliary for two years. Jacqueline is survived by her husband of 62 years, TSgt, Retired, Marvin Gilbert Hopkins, 5 children, Mark Arthur Hopkins, Keith Timothy Hopkins, Russell Alan Hopkins, Allison Marie Hopkins Rathburn), and Scott Andrew Hopkins, also by her brother, Arthur Herbert Ballard, III, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She had many friends in AFSA, the Air Force, and her church Christ Community Church in Carmichael.

There will be celebration of her life on September 7, 2016 at 2PM at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608. Suggested donations in lieu of flowers be made to the American Cancer Society.

Note: Marvin & "Jackie" are life members of the AFTAC Alumni Assoc. - West Coast Chapter

Link to Jackie's Sacramento Bee obit published on Sept 2, 2016 and access to the online 'Guest Book' .

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ROBERT D. "DOUG" McGEE
b. dd-mmm-yyyy;   d. 07-Apr-2016 in Fayetteville, NC

CLINTON - Robert Douglas McGee, 72, of 54 Boykin Drive, passed away Thursday, Apr 7, at his home. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Apr 12, in the Sandhills Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake, NC.

Robert was retired from the U. S. Army as a helicopter pilot and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Gordon McGee and Madeline Ruth Counts McGee; brother and sister, Billy Joe McGee and Marjorie Ann McGee. He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Sherylle McGee; sons, Rodney Kyle McGee and Carol of Clinton and Travis Wayde McGee and Rosezatte of Fayetteville; brother, Richard Gordon McGee, Jr. of Tennessee; grandchildren, Kelsey Shannon McGee, Colin McGee, Jacob McGee, John Russell Olson, Noah Douglas McGee, Jessica Covington and Annie Jean McGee; great-grandchildren, Aiden Hall, Rodney McGee and Iris Naylor; and mother-in-law, Sharon Opperman.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Tims Gift at 108 Northeast Blvd., Clinton, NC 28328. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.crumpler-honeycutt.com. Arrangements are by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St., Clinton, NC 28328.
Published in The Sampson Independent from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2016


'Butch' mentioned that "Doug" McGee "was an SEO and WCC Life Member. When stationed at 407 he was in a Go Cart wreck and was knocked out. The AF would not let him remain on flying status so he got out and joined the Army. I am pretty sure he was in the Blackhawk program." ... Butch

Clark mentioned that Robert McGee was stationed at "lowry 61, 1155, 62-63 Ops Bongo Drum, Crazy Man Overseas Det 63-67 airborne ops."
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Laurie Kemna
Laurie Kemna
Photo from WCC Picnic 16 May 2015
LAURIE KEMNA
b. 31-July-1942;   d. 11-Apr-2016 in Sacramento

Laurie Kemna, of Citrus Heights, California, passed away peace-fully at home on Monday, April 11, 2016 with her husband, John, by her side. She was born July 31, 1942 in Redlands, CA. She taught Spanish for 37 years at Rio Americana and Oakmont High School. Her love for teaching and her students was evident and resulted in many friendships lasting long after her retirement. She was married to John Kemna in 1972 and they were married for 45 years. During her life, she was an avid reader, fitness enthusiast and gardener. Her favorite place to spend time was at their second home in Nevada City situated on property left to her by her beloved father. She is survived by her husband, John, her brother, Steve and her cousins.

As published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 17, 2016 - Legacy Published Obit & Guest Book.

Laurie was always a joy to talk with and to be with at our AFTAC - West Coast Chapter (WCC) events, including our annual picnics and fall socials. She will stay in our hearts and minds as we review her in photos of those events from the past.

Her physical presence will be greatly missed at our future events, but we know she will be with "Butch" and with us in spirit whenever and wherever our group and her friends get together.
May she rest in peace.

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J.R. Johnson
John R. "J.R."
Johnson Jr.

(Photo from Mortuary Obit)
J.R. Johnson
(From 2011 AFTAC Reunion)
J.R. Johnson
(From 2010 WCC May Picnic)
John Riley "J.R." Johnson Jr., Col. USAF (Ret)
b. 22 Mar 1922;   d. 05 Feb 2016 in Granite Bay, CA
Obit published by Frankfort, KY, mortuary's website

John Riley "J.R." Johnson died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Granite Bay, Calif., at the age of 93 with his son and daughter in attendance.   John was born March 22, 1922, in Providence, Ky., the fourth of seven children of J.R. Johnson Sr. and Zita Marguerite (Lucas) Johnson.

He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1940 and in 1942 joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot. During a mission over Holland, he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 1A, Barth, Germany. His memoir about this period, "Un-Armed, Un-Armored and Un-Escorted, A World War II C-47 Airborne Troop Carrier Pilot Remembers," was published in 2014.

After the war, John returned to Frankfort and married his high school sweetheart, Lou Avah Pevlor. He graduated from University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Industrial Chemistry and was subsequently awarded an M.S. in Nuclear Chemistry from Ohio State University and an M.A. in International Relations from George Washington University.

John served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years with assignments in Yokota, McClellan, Wright Patterson and the Pentagon. He retired from the military in 1973 as Deputy Director for Scientific and Technical Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency.

After his distinguished career in military service, he spent another 22 years working in private industry in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area before finally retiring. Following the death of Lou Avah in 1993, he moved to Granite Bay, Calif., where he was actively involved with his church and community.

He was preceded in death by Lou Avah Johnson, his son Kenneth Layne Johnson, his second wife Anne Deets Johnson and third wife Lois Johnson.   He is survived by his sister Rosemary Dodds; his three children, Jenefer Lee Johnson, Cindy Lou Johnson and husband Nick, John R. Johnson and wife Claudia; and his two grandchildren, Scarlet Teresa Johnson and Eva Ruby Johnson.

He will be remembered as a pilot and patriot and as an admired father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor, loved by all who knew him.   Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, Ky., on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. with a burial following at the Frankfort Cemetery.


Addendum by the WCC Webmaster:
J.R. was a long-time member of the AFTAC Alumni Association - West Coast Chapter and was a member listed on the "WFO" member roster listings from the mid 1980's while still living in McLean, VA.   Most recently, J.R. attended our WCC-sponsored AFTAC Worldwide Reunion held in Sacramento in May 2011 and our annual WCC Picnic held in May 2010.
<< -- < < (See the photos at left)

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'Satch' Satterlee
LOWELL 'SATCH'
SATTERLEE
Photo from daughter Peggy
LOWELL J. "SATCH" SATTERLEE,
b. 03-Feb-1940;   d. 10-Mar-2015 in Sacramento

" Hi All,
The family wanted to thank you for all the heartwarming thoughts, prayers, visits, phone calls, cards, flowers, etc. over the past week. We can't express how much they meant to us.

We have been informed of the date that Dad's ashes will be laid to rest with full military honors.
The ceremony (was) held at the:
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA 95620
MAP TO LOCATION
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Thank you,
Peggy, Julie and Donna"

'Satch' was a 'Life' member of the West Coast Chapter.
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Alfred Gomes
AL GOMES
Photo provided by Dale Klug
ALFRED J. "AL" GOMES, MSgt USAF Retired
b. 22-Jul-1933;   d. 28-Feb-2015 in Sacramento

MSgt AJ Gomes of Sacramento CA passed away on February 28, 2015 at Mercy San Juan hospital.

A Mass was held, Saturday March 14th, 7 PM,
at Holy Cross Parish 1321 Anna St, West Sacramento, 95605.


    4/18/15 Update from Dale:
Internment with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
in Dixon CA, on MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM.

MAP TO LOCATION


Al Gomes was a 'Life' member of the West Coast Chapter. ... Webmaster

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George Thompson
GEORGE THOMPSON
(from 17May14 Picnic)
George Thompson
GEORGE THOMPSON
(from published obit)
GEORGE J. THOMPSON, SMSgt USAF Retired
b. 14-Jun-1930;   d. 13-Jan-2015 in Clearlake, CA

From Obituary published in Lake County Record-Bee from Jan 24-Jan 30, 2015.

George John Thompson, born on Flag Day, June 14, 1930, in White Plains, NY, entered into rest in Clearlake, CA, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the age of 84. George was a 1st Vice Commander of Konocti Post 437 the American Legion, Past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2337, 40 & 8 Voiture 912 of Lake County and belonged to an Air Force Retiree group. ("AFTAC Alumni Assoc.-West Coast Chapter" ...bf). George served his country and retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant being awarded the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Air Force Longevity Service Award with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, SO GB-260, Desert Air Force, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, SMAMA, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and the Air Force Medals. He was very active in the veteran service organizations and involved with the Lake County Vet Connect along with being a teacher at the library's Literacy Program. George is survived by his nephews, Harold Schaefer of Brewster, NY, and Frank Fernandez of New Fairfield, CT, a niece, Judy Lyons of Brookfield, CT, along with many friends in Lake County. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, beginning at Noon at Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel in Lower Lake. Interment will follow at the Lower Lake Cemetery under the auspices of the US Air Force and the Lake County Funeral Honors Team. Please share your memories of George by signing his on-line guestbook at www.jonesandlewis.com and legacy.com. Arrangements under the care of Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel.
See the obituary and guest book as published in the Lake County Record-Bee.

George was a life member of the AFTAC Alumni Association - West Coast Chapter (WCC) and the WCC Assistant Chairman of the Board Of Directors since 2009. George was always active in all our chapter activities, including faithfully attending almost every WCC business meeting and social activity since the inception of the WCC even though he had to drive over 2 hours from his home in Clearlake to attend. George has been on a number of our WCC sponsored AFTAC Worldwide Reunion committees, including the one held here in Sacramento by the newly formed WCC in 1999. At our reunions, you would almost always find George's smiling face 'guarding' the booze as the one in charge of our hospitality suite. In addition to all his help, we will miss his smiles and good humor. May he rest in peace!
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Jerry LaBarre
"JERRY" LaBARRE
Jerry LaBarre

Jerry LaBarre

All Photos from FL Chapter
GERALD R. "JERRY" LaBARRE, SMSgt USAF Retired
b. 05-Jul-1931 in Woonsocket, RI;   d. 5-Jan-2015 in Sarasota, FL

From Obituary published in the 'Woonsocket Call' Feb 4th.

['Jerry' was the] Son of the late Armand LaBarre and Edna Boisseau. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Therese S. Castonguay. Preceded in death by a son, Gerald LaBarre, Jr.. Survived by his children, Michelle Pennock, her husband John, of Ecuador, South America, Suzanne Robinson, and Michael LaBarre of Florida, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Survived by his brother, A. Robert LaBarre, his wife Nancy of Greenville, RI, and his sister Claire Lachance, her husband Charles of North Smithfield, RI.

Gerald served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until honorably discharged as Senior Master Sergeant on January 1,1975. His second career was for Bechtel Corp. during construction of the Alaska Pipeline and then for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (operating pipeline for the Alaska Pipeline) until retiring on October 31, 1992.

A memorial mass, celebrating his life, will be held on Saturday, February 7th at 10:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Slatersville, RI. Family and friends are invited and welcome to attend.
Jerry & Terry LaBarre
Jerry & Therese "Terry" LaBarre

Gerald LaBarre Obituary & Guest Book for 'Condolences'.

Note: The following was copied from the Florida Chapter " Sages To Remember" web page:

"01.27 Posting. Jerry LaBarre Contacted by Eunice Harris and Jim Davis. Jim had Called Jerry's son, Mike, and, as best he could understand on a gargle line, reports: 'I just finished talking to Mike LeBarre (Jerry's son) and he filled me in on Jerry's death..Jerry died Jan 5th of complications from diabetes and pneumonia. A small family service was held and Jerry was cremated. Another service will be held later also and his remains will be interned in New York. Jerry's wife Terry is in a nursing home there in Florida and is doing quite well physically...they have taken her off some medication and it has helped...That's about all I know....I served with Jerry at different locations and enjoyed our association...a lot of work and of course a lot of good memories as well. We enjoyed using "SKYPE" communicating over the years....I will miss him and our association'."

What a coincidence, Jerry LaBarre & Tom Bressan were born in the same town, Woonsocket RI, and both served as airbourne equipment operators (SEO's) in AFTAC. ...Dale

Gerald "Jerry" LaBarre was a 'Life' member of the West Coast Chapter.
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Tom Bressan
TOM BRESSAN
(Photo pub in the Sac Bee)

Tom Bressan-2
(Fm 09/17/2011 Picnic
Breitwieser Album)
BRESSAN, THOMAS RENZO, MSgt USAF Retired
b. 16-Dec-1942;   d. 28-Jan-2015 in Fair Oaks, CA

Obit as published in the Sacramento Bee 6-Feb-2015.

Thomas Renzo Bressan born December 16, 1942 to William and Bruna Bressan, passed away on January 28, 2015. His battle with cancer ended suddenly surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Raissa Bressan, brother William Bressan, sister Elaine Richer, children-Lynne Bressan, John Bressan, Tanya Mackie, grandchildren- Serena Anderson, Tristen Anderson, Arianna Anderson, great granddaughter Vanessa Anderson along with multiple cousins, nieces and nephews.

Thomas was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and joined the US Air Force in 1960. He served for 22 years and retired in 1982. He loved spending time with his family, camping/ fishing and traveling. He was a mean harmonica player and enjoyed late nights with friends playing music and enjoying life. He was loved by many and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He will be greatly missed by many. In honoring his wishes, there will be no service or memorial. In lieu of flowers/cards, please make a donation in his name to the American Cancer Society.

NOTE: Tom was a life member of AFTAC Alumni Association, West Coast Chapter and a frequent attendee at our spring picnics. Born just 12 days after me, he was a personal friend of mine as we worked together as "C" and "U" system technicians in the 1960's. We reminisced about old times during our occasional meetings while shopping in the McClellan commissary. I'll miss his always-friendly attitude and warm smile. Dale

Obit and guest book available online in the Sacramento Bee.

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Richard Chamberlain
DICK CHAMBERLAIN
Photo pub in the Sac Bee
CHAMBERLAIN, Richard Eugene "Dick", LtCol USAF Retired
b. 12-Sep-1924;   d. 01-Jan-2015 in Sacramento


Obit as published in the Sacramento Bee 7-Jan-2015

Dick is survived by his wife of 69 years, Virginia; son Richard Jr. and his wife Cheryl, son Shawn, and daughter Rebecca and her husband John; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sister Evelyn, brother Jack, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9th at Mount Vernon Memorial Park, preceded by visitation at 1 p.m. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.
Dick was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, the third child of John Harold Chamberlain and Clara Belle Dobney. With the onset of the Great Depression, his family moved to a farm where he grew up during the dust bowl years.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and graduated from pilot training in Texas in 1945. He was transferred to Williams Field, Arizona, where he met Virginia Bowman who became his bride on November 16, 1945. One month prior to their marriage, he was released from active duty. He served in the Air Force Reserve until he was recalled to active duty in April 1953. Dick had assignments throughout Texas, Mississippi, Kansas and Massachusetts in addition to deployments to Korea, Turkey and Southeast Asia.
He was a command pilot with over 8,000 hours of flying time, which included more than 700 hours of combat flying time. He flew 23 different military aircraft and received numerous awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He retired in 1974 after 31 1/2 years of military service.
He was a local volunteer in state and federal politics after his retirement. He liked traveling, playing golf, collecting clowns and model cars, vegetable gardening, and, most of all, spending time with family.

Webmaster note:
    LtCol Chamberlain worked with Lew Horne in Logistics at the 1155th TechOpsSq back in the 1970's.
    Dick was a LIFE member of the AFTAC Alumni Association - West Coast Chapter.


Obit and guest book available online at Sacramento Bee.

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Steve Fritts
STEVE FRITTS
from WCC 2013 Picnic Album


SLIDESHOW
of Steve in his element

(takes a min or so to download)
Provided by Clark Creery,
LRDAA Membership Chairman
GARY 'STEVE' FRITTS
b. 8-Mar-1948;   d. 15-Jul-2014 in Sacramento, CA

GARY STEPHEN FRITTS, went to be with the Lord Jesus on 7-15-14 after a long & courageous battle with Congestive Heart Failure. He leaves behind the Love of his Life, Donna (Billups), who loved & adored him with all her Heart & Soul. Also his precious Black cat, Sasha. Stephen & Donna loved to travel. In their 37 yrs of marriage they had wonderful Adventures in 50+ Countries & most of the U.S.A. Some of the favorite countries being, Israel (where a Tree was planted in their Honor), Turkey, Africa, Egypt, Russia, Jordon (lost City of Petra), Eastern Europe & especially Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. They sailed to Norway on the Queen Victoria & England to New York on the QE II. They also loved to Snow Ski at Heavenly Valley, Lake Tahoe & Banff Springs, Canada. Stephen was born in Lenoir City, Tenn. to Ralph & Velma Fritts. Stephen attended the Univ. of Tenn. In 1968 he enlisted in the Air Force where he was trained in electronics & his first assignment was in the organization that was responsible for detecting & collecting nuclear detonations world wide. His initial duties were to fly as an aircrew member collecting debris from these nuclear events. Stephen continued these airborne duties for 15 years until health issues grounded him & he transferred within AFTAC to become a laboratory analyst & retired after 24 years of active service.

Steve was a designated Chief Airman aircrew member with over 3000 flight hours & the recipient of numerous personal awards for Outstanding Performances, Achievements & Commendations to include three Meritorious Service Medals & two Air Medals for Meritorious Achievement while Participating in Aerial Flight. Steve loved the Air Force & had a passion for all things involving flight & space. During his career he was involved in numerous missions in support of NASA Space Shuttle launches.

His aircrew member assignments whetted his appetite for aviation & he devoted much of his retirement to Research & became deeply involved in the Aerospace Museum of California. Working voluntarily at the museum as crew chief for their F-104 Starfighter. He loaned many of his personal aviation memorabilia to enhance the static display of the F-104. Steve also served as Secretary of the Museum's Board of Directors. He served with Distinction.

After retiring from the Air Force he received a Masters Degree in Computer Science from National University - "Cum Laude" He was employed by the County of Sacto. for 10 years as an I.T. Manager with Health & Human Services.

Stephen also leaves, Son, Col. John A. Nicholson, USMC, Ret. (Madeline), Grand children, Ashley, Courtney & Logan. Sisters, Patricia Bennett (John), Sandra Fritts, Brother, Archie (Beverly) & Many Beloved Nieces & Nephews. (Nephew: Sgt. Grant Bennett USAF spent much time with Uncle Stephen)

Funeral Services, with "Military Honors" were held at 11:00 AM Friday, 01-Aug-2014, at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd. Fair Oaks, CA. Reception in the church hall followed.
Note: AFTAC-WCC was well represented. Seen at the services were:
Tom Niquette, Dave Paquette, Al & Ann Pavik, Ken & Cathleen Denbleyker, Bob & Tommie Baker, Butch & Laurie Kemna, Charlie Penn, Ken Breitwieser, Tom Bressan, and Bob & Darlene 'Leilani' Fitzgerald; also there was Tom Osborne.

A small intimate Service of Inurnement will follow on Monday, Aug. 4th
at the National Military Cemetery in Dixon at 12:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers you may donate to "Heart Assoc." or "Wounded Warriors".


Link to the Sacramento Bee for Steve's Obituary & Guest Book published 7/23/2014.

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Bob Morrison
BOB MORRISON
from WCC 2013 Picnic Album
ROBERT L. MORRISON
b. 15-Jan-1938;   d. 21-Jun-2014 in Fair Oaks, CA

ROBERT LLOYD MORRISON, MSGT USAF (RET) was born in Boston, MA on January 15, 1938. He passed away on June 21, 2014 in Fair Oaks, CA from complications of cancer. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Faye; son Lloyd Scott Morrison and wife Amy, grandsons Sloan and Jake; son Michael Todd Morrison and wife Angie, grandson Michael Todd Jr and granddaughter Makailuh May; daughter Heather Edlund and grandson Ian Edlund; brother Kenneth Morrison and wife Sam, nephew Keith, nieces Bess and Dory; and Bob's best friend Joan McDermott.

Robert (Bob) graduated in 1956 from Millis High School, Millis, MA. He served in the US Air Force 1958 - 1979; serving 19 years with the AFTAC organization. His tours in AFTAC included Thailand; HQ, 1035th Field Activities Group, Washington DC; 1156th TOS, Det 454, Hawaii; and 1155th Technical Operations Squadron, McClellan AFB, CA. His active duty tours were followed by 14 years as a civilian equipment specialist at McClellan AFB, CA.

He is a member of the Carmichael Elks Lodge 2103; Harding San Juan Lodge 579, Scottish Rite, Valley of Sacramento; and Ben Ali Shriners, Sacramento.

Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to Mercy Hospice, 9912 Business Park Dr, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95827 or the American Cancer Society.

A memorial service was held at the Carmichael Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Ave, Carmichael, CA on July 11 at 1:00 PM.

Note: The Carmichael Elks Lodge held a short Elk Memorial Service for Bob, followed by a very nice reception & buffet lunch held by the family in another lodge meeting room. The reception proceedings were Emcee'd by Bob's eldest son, Lloyd. Of the eighty or so people there, AFTAC-WCC members in attendance included: Al & Ann Pavik, Cal & Alice Brown, Peggy Armintrout & dau. Kristi, Bob & Darlene 'Leilani' Fitzgerald, and Alan Cramlet. Also seen there was Jerry Wehling, also another AFTAC Alumni though not currently a member of our West Coast Chapter. ... Bob Fitzgerald, Webmaster


Sacramento Bee Obituary & Guest Book Entry

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GayleJohnson
GAYLE JOHNSON
from Sac Bee Obit
GAYLE JOHNSON
b. 22-Aug-1934;   d. 11-Jul-2013 in Sacramento, CA

Obituary as received 7/19/2013 from Joe:

Gayle Lee Johnson (nee Martin) passed away suddenly on 11 July 2013. She was born 22 August 1934 in Powell, Nebraska. She lived for many years in the Roseville area and was a retail salesperson, quilter, mother, and grandmother. She was 78 years old when she passed away from natural causes after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joseph Johnson, her daughter Carol Bowman, and her son Robert Johnson, all residents of Carmichael; by her grand children Kristen Bowman and James Bowman, both of Santa Monica; and by her sisters Patricia Will of Woodburn, Oregon, and Kathleen Hall of Philomath, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her sister Dennis Freer and her brother Armond Martin. Gayle graduated in 1974 from Sacramento State University after a very active life as an Air Force wife. She particularly loved the family's posting to Wheeler, AFB, in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where she pursued her continuing education in Home Economics at the University of Hawaii. She was an avid cook and quilter, and was a member of the Roseville Quilters Guild. Her zest for the domestic arts was infectious and was shared with all those who knew her.

On Monday, July 29, after the private internment at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, family and friends are invited to a life celebration reception in the Fireside Room of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1615 Morse Ave, Sacramento, from 2:00 until 5:00.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Sacramento Bee Obituary and Guest Book

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Orville J Hollstein ORVILLE J HOLLSTEIN
TSgt ORVILLE JOHN HOLLSTEIN, USAF (Ret)
b. 21-Jun-1928;   d. 03-Jun-2013, Colton, CA

Born to John and Viva Hollstein. Proceeded in death by brother (Harvey) and sister (Charlene). Survived by brother (George), sister (Janet), wife of 62 years (Betty), son (Robert) and his wife (Carol), grandchildren (Jon, Heather, David), great grandchildren (Natalie, Garrett, Nickolas, Alissa). Graduated Morenci High School (Michigan) in 1947. Joined Army Air Corps in June 1948, becoming US Air Force. Retired with 20 years of service as Tech Sergeant. Followed by retirement from the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Colton and Grand Terrace.

Active member as a Master Mason of Inland Empire Masonic Lodge (Rialto), recipient of Hiram Award, a 32 degree in Scottish Rite and York Rite (San Bernardino), a Noble to Al Malaikah Shrine (Los Angeles), past President of the Paradise Valley Shrine Club and parade unit, member of San Bernardino Elk's, Past Worthy Patron of Tri-Star Chapter 211 O.E.S., Past Associate Bethel Guardian of Job's Daughters (Rialto), Rainbow Dad for Rainbow for Girl's (Rialto), advisor of Order of DeMolay (Rialto).

He and wife were self sufficient till a year ago when complicated by health conditions. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his honor to the Shriners Hospitals for Children (Los Angles 213-388-3151) or San Bernardino Scottish Rite Center Speech Clinic (909-887-4415). Viewing Sunday, June 9 from 4-8pm. Funeral Services, Monday, June 10 at 10am. Both at Montecito Memorial Park Chapel, Colton, CA. He will be given full military honors. Published in San Bernardino Sun on June 7, 2013.

Note: Orville was a life member of AFTAC WCC and stationed at 1155 TOS, 1963-68 & a member of the squadron softball team. Also stationed at TUSLOG Det 38.


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Col. Robert M. Davis
ROBERT M. DAVIS
(Photo from Sac Bee obit)
Col. ROBERT M. DAVIS, USAF (Ret)
b. 11-Jul-1922;   d. 02-Feb-2013 in Roseville, CA


As published in the Sacramento Bee, 15-16 Feb 2013   Sac Bee Obit & Guestbook
(Col. Davis) Passed away peacefully in Roseville, CA after 90 long and joyous years, with Joan, his beloved wife of 67 years, and daughters Deborah and Leslie at his side. He was the father of four children, Bob Jr, Deborah, Douglas, and Leslie, all of whom adored and revered their father for his love of life, devotion to his wife, intellect, with, ethics, courage and best of all, friendship and support.

He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends made over the course of his 35-year Air Force career, golfer and other pastimes.

He preferred that there not be a public service. His extended family plans a private gathering to celebrate his life.

Note: Col Davis was Chief, Personnel & Administration at the 1155th Technical Operations Squadron in the mid 1960s.

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W. Bill Johnson
WILLIS "BILL"
JOHNSON

(Photo from Sac Bee obit)
WILLIS "BILL" JOHNSON
b. 28-Jul-1927;   d. 19-Nov-2012 in San Pablo, CA


Notified 20Nov2012 by John Taylor > Confirmed by Joe Johnson > Obit provided by Dale Klug
Per Dale Klug: Attached is Bill Johnson's obituary (with spelling corrected) from the Sacramento Bee, another newspaper that spells "sergeant" as "sargent". Bill was a member of the West Coast Chapter.


JOHNSON, Willis Return, (Bill) MSgt, USAF, Retired July 28, 1927 - November 19, 2012.
Retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant Willis (Bill) Return Johnson slipped peacefully away into the arms of the Angels. His departure to his next mission occurred at 8:15 am., Monday November 19, 2012 at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, California. He was surrounded by family members at the time of his passing.
Bill was born to Willis Milton Johnson and Henrietta Victoria CAREY John-son of Cheswold Delaware. Bill was the oldest of six children, having been preceded in death by his sister Calanthia Johnson, brother Charles Johnson and sister Ardella ''Dell'' JOHNSON Durham (Clinton Durham Sr. of Cheswold, Delaware). He is survived by his sister Dolores JOHNSON Carney Rivera of Kingman, Arizona; and brother Stanley Johnson (Patricia Johnson) of Felton Delaware. He also is survived by six nephews: Pete Carney (of Arizona), Clinton Jr., Steve, and Keith Durham, (of Delaware) Michael, and Jason Johnson (of Delaware); as well as numerous grand nieces and nephews.
Bill was a full blooded Native American from the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware as was also of a member of the tribe. His Native name is ''Thunder One.''
He is survived by an ex-wife, two daughters who are, Paula Wimmer (her husband Chris) and their three children Christian, Rebekah, and Naomi of Pinole, California. He is also survived by Brenda Odle, her daughters Dena Walls (her husband Fred) and Michelle Roseman-Yeo (her husband Mark) both of El Cerrito, California. Bill had the pleasure of 4 great-grandchildren - Antonio and Julian Walls and Charles and Juliet Sutherland. His grandchildren all know him as ''Grandpa Dude/Gramps'' and his Great-Grandchildren know him as ''Pop Pop.''
Bill was a World War II veteran. His military service took him to Germany, North Africa, Turkey, and various other United States Air Forces Bases. Upon entry into the service, his training took him into the field of weather service of the Army Air Corps. He provided weather analysis and reporting for air traffic. After a few years of this service, he was transferred to a secret mission where he provided analysis on the use of Special Weapons. To his departing day, his special weapons work was never spoke of. He had the highest degree of integrity and never divulged this top secret clearance work.
After retirement from the Service, he lived in numerous locations that included, Las Vegas, Nevada, Lake Havasu and Topock Arizona, Anacortes, Washington, Sacramento, Larkspur, and West Sacramento, California. He loved to travel as well as attend jazz festivals, bluegrass and western swing events, car races, Baseball games as well as Spring training. Bill was very outgoing and he never met a stranger.
Bill was a person that lived life to its fullest. If there was something that needed to be done, it was done. He will be missed dearly. As his family says, NO words could describe him; you had to ''experience him.'' The family wishes that in lieu of any flowers, that donations be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society. Gravesite services are pending. From the 25 Nov 2012 Sacramento Bee: Sacramento Bee Obit

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MICHAEL
"JERRY"
MORAN

(Photo not avail)
MICHAEL J. "JERRY" MORAN
b. 10-Aug-1941 in Butte, Montana;   d. 29-Aug-2009 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii


All of this information quoted from the FL Chapter website 7/22/2012:

Michael's death became known when Clark Creery, FL Chapter Membership Chair, asked Dave Ladd, info to Dale Klug, CA Chapter, about Michael. Dave did some research and found this information and passed it along. Later Dale provided rank and month of retirement. Thanks to the three of you for thinking of this Sage.

Missoulian (Montana Newspaper), September 03, 2009 KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -
Michael J. (Jerry) Moran, 68, passed away on Aug. 29, 2009, at the home of his daughter, Colleen, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, after a courageous battle with gastric cancer. Jerry was born on Aug. 10, 1941, to Aggie (Sheehan) and James E. (Bud) Moran in Butte. He attended St. Patrick's grade school and graduated in 1959 from Boys' Central High. In 1963, he received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Montana State College along with his ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He received a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1972, and was a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College. In 1965, he married Kathy Costello of Billings and together they raised three wonderful daughters, Mary, Katie and Colleen. They were the joy of his life. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor and a strong dedication to his family and his country. During his 20-year career with the Air Force, he served at the United States Air Force Academy as associate proof biochemistry and associate air officer commander for the Cadet Wing during induction of women into the Academy. Other assignments included: launch control officer with the Atlas "ABRES" Program; analytical chemist and chief of the Chemistry Division at the USAF Materials Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; chief of nuclear chemistry at McClellan Air Force Base in California; deputy director at the Shuttle Activation Task Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. He earned the Senior Missile Badge, the Senior Space Badge and the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He retired in (Lt Col, Oct) 1986 and began a career in environmental engineering, working with military installations in the United States and Guam.

Michael (Jerry) was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Mary; and his grandson, Mikie. He is survived by Kathy Costello Moran of Seal Beach, Calif.; daughter, Colleen Moran, of Kailua-Kona; daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Joe DeCastro and granddaughters, Cassie and Mikayla DeCastro of Lake Ridge, Va.; his siblings; Jim (Kay) Moran of Corvallis, Ore., Jon Moran of Seattle, Judy (Bill) Edwards of St. Regis and Father Joe Pat Moran of Missoula; his aunts and uncle, Harriet Neier of Tucson, Ariz., and Phil (Hazel) Moran of Tigard, Ore.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Alaska and Nevada. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice. A private family service (was) held.

Michael "Jerry" Moran was a 'Life' member of the West Coast Chapter.
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Marge Iske
MARGE ISKE
Photo cropped from the
12-Nov-2011
Fall Social Album

MARGARET ANN (Marge) ISKE
b. 4-Jan-1937 in North Bend, NE;   d. 29-Jan-2012 in Elk Grove, CA


= = = Link to: Obituary & Guest Book published in the Sacramento Bee 05-Feb-2012
= = =

Per email from Dale Klug dtd 29-Jan-2012: Dale had received a call from Al Pavik "asking about Marge. He & Ann had heard Marge was hospitalized and then transferred to a full-care facility in/near Elk Grove."

In a followup message from Dale dtd 31-Jan-2012, Dale reported he had "received a call today from Ann Pavik informing me that Marge had passed away." Dale said that Ann had received the news from a member of NARFE.   Dale went on to report in that same message that he "talked to Marge's "Sis", Helen this afternoon. Marge passed away on Sunday afternoon, Jan 29th. There will be no service and at her request Marge is being cremated."   Dale also said that he "asked Helen if she thought it would be appropriate if we had a "Wine and War Stories" get together in Marge's honor. Helen thinks Marge would like that, especially the 'wine' part."

And from Clark Creery's entry in her Obituary Guest Book:
"Marge was secretary to Al Pavik when I was at McClellan. The word of her passing was quite a surprise. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. Rest peacefully Marge.   ...   Clark Creery, Melbourne, Florida"

And from Dale Klug:
"Marge worked in 1155th TOS/Technical Operations Division from 1965 to her retirement in Jan 1998. During those years, she served as a civilian secretary in MCL, LGE and Operations."

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Rosalie Allison
ROSALIE ALLISON
photo taken by
Bob Fitzgerald
16-May-2009
and cropped from
the annual picnic album

ROSALIE ALLISON,   b. 26-Oct-1927 in Dexter, KS.   d. 8-Aug-2010 in Sacramento

A Memorial Service for Rosalie is being arranged by her children, daughter Kim Preston and son Brian Allison:

Memorial Service - Saturday, October 29th, 2011 - 2pm to 6pm
at the Carmichael Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608

There will be finger food provided.   Wayne Stoops will Emcee the program.

For questions, please contact Kim at <kimmerallison@sbcglobal.net>, or phone (530) 589-0250.
Correspondence can be mailed to: Kim Preston, 469 Silver Leaf Drive, Oroville, CA 95966-3938.

Note from WCC Webmaster:
Rosalie became a LIFE member of the WCC upon the death of her husband, LtCol 'Jack' Allison, who passed away 24-Jan-2009.   Jack was the President of the AFTAC Alumni Assoc. - West Coast Chapter when he passed away.
He was also a vital member of most all of our past reunion committees, including the very first one held back in 1983.  
See Jack's entry further below on this page for more details. … bf

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WAYNE REECE
MSgt USAF Ret.



(Photo not avail)
WAYNE REECE, MSgt USAF Ret., d.13-Apr-2011

In an email 16 Apr 2011 from Dale Klug, Subject: Passing of MSgt (ret) Wayne Reece:
"Wayne was a life member of AFTAC Alumni Association, West Coast Chapter.":

From the obituary as published in The Sacramento Bee on April 16, 2011:

"REECE, Wayne E., May 29, 1933 - April 13, 2011"
"Wayne E. Reece, age 77, of Carlton, OR died on April 13, 2011 in McMinnville
, OR. Memorial services are pending.   Arrangements by Macy and Son Funeral Directors."   Sac Bee Obit & guest book


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Maj Arne Celick
ARNOLD J. CELICK
as a Major
Col Arne Celick, USAF Ret
ARNOLD J. CELICK
Col USAF Ret.
Photos provided by
Paula Celick
ARNOLD "ARNE" J. CELICK, COL. USAF Ret.,   b. 11-May-1923, d.23-Nov-2010

From an obit written by Paula Celick, Arne's Widow, on 07 Oct 2011.

Arne "Passed away peacefully in his home in Auburn, CA. next to his loving wife of 33 years. He served 32 years in the USAF, starting out as a 1st Lt. in the US Air Corp at the end of WWII. After the war he returned to Wisconsin and went to work as a pharmacist for a couple of years (then married to his first wife, Betty with their two children, John and Martha). Then the Korean War broke out and Uncle Sam recalled him to active duty, this time it was the USAF and he took full advantage of all the math and science he had acquired in college by working in the Atom Bomb Project for a number of years, then was recruited to join the 1155th at McClellan, where he spent the last 15 years of his service carrier and retired in 1974. When he married Paula in 1977, he acquired two stepchildren, Terri (Murdock) Reed and Dan Murdock. Arne loved to travel; he and Paula spent 28 of their 33 yrs together traveling the globe, having one adventure after another; visiting old friends and making new ones. He took pride in staying in touch with his old friends at the 1155th and counted many as his favorites, especially those whom he had directly been responsible for getting promoted. Arne was laid to rest on January 14th, 2011, at the Sacramento Valley Veterans Cemetery in Dixon, CA. He is sorely missed."

In an email message 10/07/2011 from Peggy Rheault, widow of Charles "Ray" Rheault (d. Feb 1994) who was NCOIC of the Chem Section of MCL when Major Celick was the Chief: "Ray said, 'Major Celick was a wonderful man to work for and that he learned a lot from him.'"

Info from Dale Klug in a 12/08/2010 email message:
Col Arne Celick buried on Friday, 14 Jan 2011 at 1100 hours at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon. < MAP>.

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Jim Esping
JAMES E. ESPING
Lt.Col. USAF Ret.

photo cropped from
Picnic album taken
by Ken Breitwieser
19-May-2007

JAMES EUGENE ESPING d.12-Sep-2010

Born in Lindsborg, Kansas December 3, 1923. Passed peacefully at home September 12, 2010 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 86. Jim was a World War II veteran and received his pilot wings in December 1944. On November 25, 1945 he married Mary Jane Lambertson. He was recalled to active duty in 1952 during the Korean Conflict and remained on active duty until his retirement in 1973. Survived by wife Mary; son Charles; daughter Linda Brock and husband Tim; beloved grandchildren, Alison, Joshua, Erik and Stephanie and husband Nick; sisters, Lillian Nelson and Marji Sartori of Lindsborg, Kansas. Preceded in death by parents, Julius and Myrtle Esping and brother Robert Esping. He will be forever loved and missed by his family and friends.
Memorial service: 11am, Sept 21, Arcade Wesleyan Church, 3532 Whitney Ave., Sacramento. < MAP>
Viewing: 10:00am-12:00pm, Sept 23 at Lind Brothers, 4221 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. < MAP>
Burial: 1:30pm, Sept 23 at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon.
< MAP>

Memorials may be made to church or charity of your choice.
As published in The Sacramento Bee on September 18, 2010   < Obituary & Guest Book>

Jim was a member of a past AFTAC reunion planning committee with committee meetings held at his and Mary's home. I remember the delicious cookies Mary would make for us.   … Bob Fitzgerald, Webmaster

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Orv Pritchard
ORVILLE
PRITCHARD


photo by Bob Fitzgerald
from Fall Social
15-Nov-2009

ORVILLE PRITCHARD d.24-Apr-2010

Memorial service will be Tuesday, 11-May-2010 at 10:00 am in the Chapel at
Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Ln., Fair Oaks, CA 95628
  >>-> MAP <-<<
Sacramento Bee Obituary 9-May-2010. Guest book also available.

Per information relayed to us via email by Dale Klug, 25-Apr-2010:

":FYI: I was informed this morning by a mutual friend & neighbor of Orv's that he passed away yesterday, Saturday, April 24th.   Chief Moses says that Orv was on duty Thursday as a volunteer at the Retiree Activities Office at McClellan and seemed fine then.   He appeared in good health Friday evening, but Saturday he suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital by a Sacramento Fire Dept Emergency Response Team.   He was revived and talking for about twenty minutes when he had another arrest and could not be revived."

27-Apr Update fm Dale:
"I was informed today while at the McClellan RAO that arrangements for Orv Pritchard are on hold pending the arrival of his son, Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark Pritchard, USCG. SCPO Pritchard's anticipated arrival in Sacramento is on Monday, 3 May."


Orv was very active in our West Coast Chapter (WCC) organization, also during AFTAC Worldwide Reunion planning sessions here in Sacramento. Orv was the WCC "Director At Large" from Oct 2001 to Dec 2005, and then became the WCC "Assistant Chairman Of The Board of Directors" in Dec 2005, a post he held until his death.   His passing will leave a hole that will be hard to fill and we all will miss him.   … Bob Fitzgerald

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Richard Davis Jr.
RICHARD
DAVIS Jr.


photo from the obituary
RICHARD DAVIS JR. b. 27-Feb-1935, d. 21-Apr-2010

Per information sent to us by Richard's wife, Marlene, via email on 1-May:

":My beloved Husband, Richard D Davis Jr, passed away on April 21, 2010.   address is P O Box 318 , Jaffrey, NH 03452"

Please see the Obituary for Richard Davis Jr.
published by Cournoyer Funeral Home, Jaffery, NH where you can also sign a guest card.

Quoting from portions of the published obituary:
… "Dick was a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants Association; a lifetime member and Past Commander of VFW Post #5613 in Jaffrey, Past Commander and member of Post #11 American Legion of Jaffrey, lifetime member of Post #38 American Legion of Fitzwilliam; he was a Past District Commander of the American Legion District 1 in NH and a member of the ‘40 & 8’, the organization for leaders of the American Legion." …


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John Abbott
JOHN ABBOTT
7/5/1937-3/3/2010
photo from obit pub
in The Oregonian

Per information from Bob Miller via relay from the Florida Chapter, 15-Apr-2010:

":John Abbott was among the finest NCO's I encountered in 28 years of service, and 333 was where we first met. If you can get a notice in the Alumni News I'd be appreciative." … Bob Miller

Please click on this link to " The Oregonian" for John Abbott's obituary & guest book published 6-Mar-2010.

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GERALD E.
PRESSLEY

Photo not available
The following notice appeared in the Yuba City, APPEAL-DEMOCRAT on Saturday, 13 Feb 2010:

"Gerald E. Pressley 80 of Smartsville passed away February 8, 2010. Private Services. Arrangements are under the direction of Holycross Memorial Services."

In an email message on 13 Feb 2010 from John Lanigan, John says: "I talked to Gerry's daughter, Ruth Pressley Thayer who told me there would be a cremation and without any formal services.   Gerry was a long time member of 1009th SWS, 1035th USAF FAG and AFTAC. I do not know his service history but I believe his final assignment in AFTAC was in the 'Q' system."


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ALLEN J. "AJ"
JOHNSON

Photo not available
In an email message dtd 17Jan2010 from Morgan Harper Johnson, "methodmaticians@yahoo.com", (which she sent to Tom Riley who forwarded it to us on 22Jan2010), Morgan says this about her husband, AJ:

"We regret to inform you that Allen J. “AJ” Johnson died on Monday, 11 January 2010 of natural causes. He was 62, a licensed pilot, Expert class HAM radio operator, a professional photographer and a senior programmer. Specially selected and trained in nuclear physics, AJ served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 through 1971 during Viet Nam. An Honors Graduate of Centennial High School, Pueblo , Colorado , AJ worked with IBM for 22 years, JPMorgan Chase Bank for 10 and, most recently, was employed as a Middleware Specialist by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas . His family is holding a memorial with military honors in Pueblo on 23 January. He is survived by his wife, Morgan Harper Johnson, his son, Allen J. Johnson II, his brother, Ed Wheeler, and his sisters, Van Pace, Noelle Faricy, Evera Wheeler and Deidre Mihelich, together with their families. His loss is mourned by friends and colleagues and his step-daughters, Laura Edwards and Heather Hancock."


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Herb Dettmer
Franz "Herb"
Dettmer

from photo in the
Sacramento Bee obit
Col. Franz "Herb" Dettmer, USAF Ret., passed away 16Nov2009 peacefully at home.

Herb had a fall and broke his leg in May 2009 from which he never fully recovered. In addition to Lannie Hayes, (Herb's daughter), Esther Rogoyawa, a full time care giver, took care of Herb for the last 5 years. Lannie said that Herb also had two hospice care workers at home for the last week before his death.

Herb is survived by his sister, Marion Stenberg of Bellevue, Washington; - three loving daughters and sons-in-law: Lannie and Jim Hayes of Folsom, Cathy and Wayne Zahm of Arvada, Colorado, and Connie and Martin Dourte of Albuquerque, NM; as well as four grandchildren: Stephanie Moss of Folsom, Michelle Hanson of Arvada, Colorado, Krista Dourte of Austin, Texas, and Katie Dourte of Nashville, Tenn.; and three great-grandchildren: Katelyn and Austin Hanson and James Moss. Herb was preceded in death by his loving wife Jane, his daughter and son-in-law, Krista and William Martin and grandchild Sara Jane Martin.
>>>-> Sacramento Bee OBITUARY & GUEST BOOK <-<<<
Services for Herb were held at:
10am, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 at Christ The King Lutheran Church,
5811 Walnut, Orangevale, CA 95662.
Seen attending the services from the WCC were: Col & Mrs Al Pavik, John Miner,
Peggy Rheault, Bob & Darlene Fitzgerald, Charlie Penn and Joe Johnson.

I met Col Dettmer when as a SSgt I was first assigned in Apr 1964 to the 1155th TOS / MCL. I reported to TSgt John Miner in the Counting Room who reported to Col Dettmer. I had so much admiration and respect for Col Dettmer that I volunteered in Apr 1967 for a 2.5 yr assignment to Det 202 in Alaska where Col Dettmer was then the Detachment Commander. All of us thought the world of him and would have followed him anywhere. … Bob Fitzgerald

I am saddened by the news of Colonel Dettmer's passing. I served under him at Det 202 along with Bob Fitzgerald from Nov67 to Mar69. Even after all these years I remember what a kind gentle person he was. To Bob and all who knew him, I extend an upraised hand to toast Col Dettmer and those magic years. … Sincerely, Gary Hamm, Westminster, CO.


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Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
Per telecon from Orville Pritchard, 08Aug2009, relaying word from Helen Jones:

Bobby Jones, passed away 02Aug2009 from a 2nd heart attack while in the hospital recovering from a 1st one. Orville had thought that Bobby Jones, along with Bo Ferris & Jim Davis were the 1st three SEO's, however, Jim "Red" Davis says in an email dtd 9Aug2009:
    "Bo Ferris, Bobby Jones and I WERE NOT the ORIGINAL SEO'S...we may have been among the first, however I remember names like M/Sgt Thomas Hollingsworth, Ted Simms, Richard Brown, Dick MacCulsky, John Lanigan, Charlie Heckman Van Winkler, Cook, Chandler, Moles, Moran and a few others that I simply can't remember their names were there before we got there in 1953."

A memorial service for Bobby was held on Saturday, 15 Aug 2009 at 1300hrs at th
Sharer-Nightingale Funeral Chapel in Sacramento. Orville Pritchard gave the eulogy.

Note: To sign a guest comment card & /or read Bobby's obituary
as published 11Aug09 in the Sacramento Bee <<-<< click there

The prayers of all our AFTAC Alumni are with Helen.

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Bo Ferris
Clifford "Bo" Ferris
from Nov 2007 Fall Social
Bo Ferris USAF   Clifford "Bo" Ferris   as a TSgt - Rcvd from Daniel Meyer, Step Son
Per message from Butch Kemna, dtd 18Jun2009, relaying word he received from Bob Dean:
Clifford "Bo" Ferris, USAF Retired, passed away at 2pm, 18 June 2009.

Per telecon from Bob Dean 22Jun:
Funeral Services were to be held at the VA Cemetery near Igo, CA, Map to Igo, CA.
on Monday, 29 June 2009 at 12:45pm.


UPDATE received 25Jun:
Thanks to Bo's Step Son, Daniel Meyer, Sr Chief Petty Officer, USCG Ret., we have both the obituary and the memorial available here in Adobe.pdf format:
Obituary   &   Memorial.

You may also view the obituary & sign the guest book
as published in the Record Searchlight Newspaper in Redding, CA.


The prayers of all our AFTAC Alumni are with Deannie.

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RICHARD
E. BURRY

Photo not available
A letter recently received by the WCC from Hilda Burry, told us of the March 2009 death of her husband, Richard, who was a Life member of both the WCC & the Florida Chapters of our Alumni Association.
      Our thanks to John & Chris Horsch, our Florida Chapter "Post Monitor" Editors, whom were able to find his obituary through their local "Florida Today" newspaper research ability.


Richard E. Burry

Richard Burry, 77, of Lee's Summit (Missouri) passed away March 17, 2009 at St. Joseph Medical Center. Private graveside services were at Lee's Summit Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lee's Summit meals on wheels or American Cancer Society . (Arr. Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit)
Published in Kansas City Star on 3/20/2009.


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Leonard Denney
LEONARD DENNEY
Leonard Denney USAF
IN UNIFORM
SMSgt LEONARD A. DENNEY Sr., USAF Retired, of Neah Bay,WA died of a heart attack on February 24, 2009, at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, WA.     Obituary Notice

Our thanks to Bud Denney, Leonard's son, who first alerted us, then provided your webmaster with the photos, a link to the obit, and a copy of the eulogy he gave for his dad (excerpts of which are included here).

Excerpts of the EULOGY by Bud Denney:   (To read all of it, please click here: EULOGY.)

Leonard Alvin Denney was born in Ola, Arkansas in Yell County. For all the fans who remember him at sporting events, Yell County makes a lot of sense. Ola, Arkansas had a population of 1,227 in the 2000 census; his affinity for small towns now makes sense as well. .......

....... In 1962 SMSgt (Senior Master Sergeant), Leonard A. Denney was nominated for "Outstanding Airman of the Year." Because of this, we have the following Biographical Report used in the submission for this award. "SMSgt Leonard A. Denney was born in Ola Arkansas, December 24, 1926. He .......

....... In June 1959 Sgt Denney was assigned to Det 205, 1155 TOS. At this time his family returned to their home town, Neah Bay, Washington. After completing this overseas tour he was assigned to 1155 tech Ops, Sq, McClellan AFB, Calif. His family accompanied him to this station. His fourth child, a girl was born there in May of 1961. He received his promotion to Senior Master Sergeant 1 Mar 1962.

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Jack Allison
JACK ALLISON
From 2008-2009
Officers Group photo
by Bob Fitzgerald
LtCol JACK ALLISON, USAF Retired, WCC President, passed away on 24Jan2009 at age 84.
Jack retired, with just under 26 years active service, on 01Jun1974 at McClellan AFB, CA.

Here are excerpts from an article published by Dale Klug in the April 2009 issue of the "Depot Fallout":
(For all the details, please read Dale's well written NL article available from our 'Fallout' page.)

ALLISON, Jack G, LtCol, USAF, Retired, AFTAC Alumni West Coast Chapter President. Born in Coburg, Oregon, on November 21, 1924 and passed away on 24 Jan 2009, at age 84.
... His first tour of duty was on Tinian Island in the Pacific flying missions over Japan. While there he became aware of a special top secret project on the opposite side of the island which turned out to be the airfield from which the Enola Gay launched to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. As the war wound down, Jack's group dropped food supplies to US prisoners of war held in Japan which helped extend the lives of many of our soldiers.

... assignment was to 1035th Field Activities Group Headquarters in Washington DC in the early 60s; then on to Detachment 057, Lowry AFB Colorado. While there, Major Allison made frequent trips to Lackland AFB TX to interview and select basic trainees for Lowry's Special Electronic Equipment Technician School. Jack's next assignment was to Vietnam for a year. There he was exposed to Agent Orange, an exposure that would be ultimately fatal. After Vietnam, Jack was assigned to the 1155th Technical Operations Squadron, McClellan AFB California, where he served as Personnel Officer until he retired on 1 Jun 1974.

... article sparked his interest and lead him to Moller International to help work on a personal size "flying car". The Moller Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, called a "volantor" by its inventor Dr Paul Moller ...

In addition to being the 2007-2009 WCC President, Jack was chairman of our Board of Directors, 1999-2001, and a vital part of our past AFTAC worldwide reunions. He was a co-chairman for the very first AFTAC reunion held in Sacramento in Jun 1983 as well as the last one held here in May 2005.

Jack was interred in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA on March 20. Along with many family members, friends and co-workers, about 20 AFTAC alumni attended the memorial service with an Air Force color guard providing full military honors. A reception and tour of Moller International in Davis CA followed the memorial service.

Editor's Note: Clark Wilberg, Dennis Ramey, Ralph Simonton & Dale Klug were among those interviewed by Jack in the 60s.

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Willard Armnintrout
WILLARD ARMINTROUT
Sacramento Bee
Obituary Notice
Per message from Joe Johnson, dtd 09Mar2009, here is the
death notice that was published in the Sacramento Bee in Oct 2008:


LtCol WILLARD C. ARMINTROUT, USAF Retired.
Born in Piketon, Ohio on June 12, 1931 and passed away peacefully at home October 1, 2008. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. He is survived by his wife, of 55 years, Peggy; 2 sons, Will Jr. (Betty) of Folsom, CA, Jeff of Florida & daughter Kristi (Steve) of Valley Springs, CA; 6 grand children & 5 great grand children; sister Janie & 3 nieces of Ohio. Friends are welcome for visitation on Mon., October 6th from 4-7pm, and funeral services on Tues., October 7th at 11am at LIND BROTHERS MORTUARY, and burial will be at the National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Call Home Care & Hospice 6929 Sunrise Blvd., Suite 180, Citrus Heights, CA 95610, or a charity of your choice.

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Jim Lucas
JIM LUCAS
From May 2007
WCC Picnic Album
by Dave Price
Per message from Dale Klug, "Depot Fallout" Newsletter Editor, dtd 13Feb2009:

MSgt JAMES S. "JIM" LUCAS, USAF Retired.
Born 7Nov1926, passed away on 24Jan2009 at age 82 in Minerva, OH.

Jim had been having heart problems for some time and in late September 2008 suffered a stroke and fell while walking. His daughter, Sabra Lucas, arrived on 01Oct2008 and Jim decided to sell his home in North Highlands and move to Ohio to be with her. The home sold very quickly and on 09Nov2008 they drove back to Ohio. On 24Jan2009, Jim had a massive coronary and passed away.

  Jim worked for many years at the 1155th Tech Ops Squadron, McClellan Central Laboratory (MCL) before his retirement in August 1978. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie. He was interred 02Feb2009 at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, Fair Oaks, CA. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Sabra Lucas, 501 N. Market St., Minerva, OH 44657.

  Dale also says that the family did not have an obituary published and that he obtained most of the above information during a phone call with Jim's daughter.

  Add'l comment by Bob Fitzgerald, WCC Webmaster:
Jim was our reunion Treasurer and a vital part of most of our reunion planning committees for past AFTAC World-Wide Reunions held here in Sacramento. Since I was the Reunion Registrar for most of those, Jim and I worked very closely together on them. Until he left the area in November 2008, Jim was also a member of the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, for which he, Nick Pketza, who is a fellow 1155th TOS Alumni, and I enjoyed the monthly District #5 Jam Sessions at the Orangevale Grange Hall.

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BILL MULLINAX
Photo not available
at this time
Per message from Ken Breitwieser, WCC Secretary, dtd 01Feb2009:

SMSgt BILLY R. MULLINAX, USAF Retired.
Born 27Jun1931. Passed away 27Jan2009.
A U.S. Air Force veteran who proudly served his country for 29 years. Bill was born on June 27, 1931 in Gadsden, AL and left us on Tuesday January 27, 2009 in Sacramento, CA at age 77. Bill loved football and coached at many levels, from Pop Warner to semi-professional. Bill was also an avid golfer who enjoyed playing a round or two with his friends when his health allowed. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Jane Mullinax, and his three sons, David, Richard, and William. Bill is also survived by his three beautiful grandchildren who always made him smile, Kayla, Alex, and Tracy. The family will be holding a private service.
Note: This info was repeated from his death notice published in the Sacramento Bee

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VINCENT BAUMAN
Photo not available
at this time
[via message from FL Chapter dtd 16Feb09],
      The following was received from John Bauman (Vincent's son):

LtCol VINCENT A BAUMAN, USAF Retired.
Passed away 28Dec2008 at the age of 91.

(This is) an obituary letter to the Alumni Assn for my father, Lt Col (Ret) Vincent A. Bauman. My father was very proud of his membership in AFTAC and the Association, and I know that he would want his friends and associates to know of his passing. Thanks very much, Sincerely, John V. Bauman, Colonel USAF (Retired).
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It is with sad regret that I announce the passing of my father, Lt Col (Ret) Vincent A. Bauman, on 28 December 2008, at the age of 91. Dad was a very proud member of AFTAC and the Alumni Association, and spoke often of his membership and contributions to the mission of AFTAC. Vincent was drafted in early 1941 and served as an infantry office in the Army, earning two bronze stars and a purple heart for his action in Europe in WWII. After the war, he was discharged, but joined the Air National Guard in St. Louis. His unit was recalled for the Korean conflict, and he decided to stay on active duty for a full career. He proudly wore his Combat Infantry Badge on his Air Force uniform even before it was authorized for wear. If my memory is correct, he served in AFTAC from about 1956 through 1962, and those were some of his proudest moments of service in the Air Force. He took great pride in saying that one of the projects upon which he worked remains classified even today. He retired from the Air Force in 1967 after 22 years of active duty. He was buried in his uniform with full military honors. On behalf of Dad, thanks to everyone who knew him and who contributed to this critical role of AFTAC in the defense of our great Nation.
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