COLONEL WILLIAM REED CRAIG, III passed
away November 22, 2012 at his home in Anacortes, WA. From Retired Chief Ed
Oliver: Many of us knew retired Colonel William Reed Craig who during my time at
HQ AFSEC/DEHSF, Tyndall AFB, FL (1984 -1986 was the DEH and his Deputy at that
time was Lt. Col Tom C. McSwain, and the DEHS was Lt. Col Will Pickering.
Link to his funeral home obituary
IN MEMORIAM FOR TERRI LYNN TOPPIN
At age 50, a native of Albuquerque, NM
since 1973, departed this life on Thursday, May 10, 2012. At the time she
resided in DeSoto, TX.
Read more here.
IN MEMORIAM FOR CINDY AMES
Beloved Wife of AFSS Member CMSgt (ret) Richard (Dick) Ames
Services for Cindy Ames will be held at Woodstock Funeral Home (Dignitymemorial.com)
Viewing: Tuesday, 4PM – 7PM 6 March 12
New Victoria Baptist Church, Woodstock
Viewing: Wed. 10AM-11AM Funeral: 11AM 7 March 12
Burial in Jonesboro Arkansas, Saturday, 10 Mar, 2012.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to New Victoria Baptist
6659 Bells Ferry Road
Woodstock, GA. 30189
(The Children’s Program)
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers
IN MEMORIAM FOR CMSgt KATHRYN GODFREY
Chief Master Sergeant Kathryn Godfrey passed away 16 February 2012. (Kathy was a
Born in Pensacola FL October 3rd 1952 she died at the young age of 59.
She fought for her country by serving in the United States Air Force for 30
Years participating in 6 different campaigns eventually earning and retiring at
the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
She is survived by her two daughters, Crystal Madison <http://www.facebook.com/crystalmarmad>
and Stephanie Jorgenson <http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.jorgenson1> , her
Alexis, Alyssa and Eva, her Mother Barbara Mendoza <http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000182952254>
, her brothers Phillip Mendoza, Rick Mendoza and Danny Mendoza, her best friend
Teresa James <http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1428386967> and so many
Her Funeral was held on Thursday February 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm on Patrick AFB at
the South Chapel. At 2:30 a precession was to go to Florida Memorial Gardens in
Rockledge, FL for her burial and at 3:30 attendees will head to the Patrick AFB
Marina for a Celebration of Life.
In Lieu of sending flowers the family has requested that donations be made to
the Space Coast Top Three--donations will go directly to the Airman of PAFB FL.
Please contact MSgt Paul Lingard @email@example.com (321)
494-8948 or SMSgt Bob Honadle @ firstname.lastname@example.org (321)
494-7428 if you wish to make a donation.
Bruce Rodie, Lt Col, USAF
Click here for Obituary
Walter B. Hall, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
Passed away Friday, 12 August 2011
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CMSgt Heidi R Vontz
Heidi Renee Vontz, 43, of Omaha died Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 in Lincoln at
a family members home. Heidi was born in Beatrice, NE on March 7, 1968, the
daughter of the late Donald and Elsie (Else) Vontz.
She served in the U.S. Air Force currently a Chief Master Sgt. in Nebraska
Air National Guard. She was a member of the Life Church in Omaha and active in
church mission trips.
Heidi is survived by daughters, Analiese Vontz of Lincoln, Gloria Renshaw and
sons Jerimiah of Omaha and Andrew Vontz of Lincoln. Guardian of Heidi's children
Jane and Phil Corkill and son Bridger of Lincoln, two sisters, Rose (Fred)
Stadelmayer of California., Elaine Vontz of Lincoln. brothers, Mike (Ann) Vontz
of Lincoln, brother-in-law Randy Baker of Louisville.four nieces, Michelle
Swetland and family of Lincoln, Stepanie Crosby of Lincoln Robin Landon and
family of California, Brooke Mixan and family of Louisville NE; three nephews
Robert Broodbooks and family California, Brandon Baker and family Lincoln, Blake
Baker Louisville; Extended family, 155th FSS Squadron Family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her Parents and a sister Angie Baker.
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her Online Obituary
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Col Tom McSwain
Thomas C. McSWAIN Jr.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - Col. Thomas Clyde McSwain Jr., (Ret. US Air Force), 64,
of Shepherdstown, died on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at his residence surrounded by
his family while under the care of Hospice.
Born Dec. 29, 1945, in Lexington, Va., he was the son of the late Thomas Clyde
McSwain Sr. and Isabel Sterrett Anderson McSwain.
Colonel McSwain entered the Air Force through Officer Training School in 1969
after graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Commerce. He served during his first two assignments as a Commissary
Officer at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and Anderson AFB, Guam. While on Guam he
became the Chief of Services with a follow on assignment at Ellsworth AFB South
Dakota as Chief of Services. Colonel McSwain then attended the Air Force
Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio and graduated with a
Masters of Science degree in Logistics Management.
In May 1989, Colonel McSwain was assigned to Headquarters, Tactical Air Command
as the Director of Housing and Services. Soon thereafter, as a member of the
U.S. Central Air Forces' Rear Battle Staff during Desert Storm, he was the
driving force behind food service, lodging, mortuary, laundry and exchange
support for over 55,000 Air Force people at 25 sites in five countries across
the Arabian Peninsula.
He retired May 31, 1996, as the Director of Services, Headquarters Air Combat
Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Colonel McSwain is a graduate of Air
War College and Air Command and Staff College. His military decorations include
the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Air Force
Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
He was president of Locust Hill Graveyard Foundation, treasurer with the
Jamestown Society, and a member of Washington Assembly. He was also a 4th
great-nephew of Meriwether Lewis.
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jane Crane McSwain; two daughters and
their spouses, Kristin McSwain and Natalie Rivkin McSwain of Boston, and
Kimberly Check and Robert Paul Check of Poquoson, Va.; three grandchildren,
Robert McCandlish Check, Thomas Jay Check and Anderson James Rivkin McSwain; one
sister, Susan McSwain Lee of Chesapeake, Va.; five nieces and nephews; and three
great-nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at the Trinity
Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown with the Rev. G.T. Schramm officiating. Military
graveside services will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box
308, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Online condolences may be offered at
www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook
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pics and read more about Col. Thomas McSwain (great, great, great grand nephew
of Meriwether Lewis.
In Memoriam Fredrick S. Allison, Sr.
Fredrick S. Allison Sr., retired MSGT United States Air Force, passed
away March 12, 2010 at the age of 52. He was born on January 13, 1958 in
Charlotte , North Carolina . He is survived by his wife Remedios P. Allison;
sons, Fredrick S. Allison Jr. and Mark-Everett P. McGill; granddaughters, Kataya
K. McGill, Keira K. McGill, Kaelyn R. Allison-Krog; sister, Genora Fant;
brother, William Allison Jr.; mother, Sarah Moore Allison; aunts, Mamie Moore
and Carrie Harrison. Fred is dearly loved and adored by his family and friends
for his kindness, willingness to help others, and ability to make people laugh
and happy. Visitation will be at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home on Bandera Road
on Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a prayer service at
7:00 P.M. A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 19,
2010 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home with Father Ernest Palaming officiating.
Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military
www.sunsetnwchapel.com for an online memorial and tributes.
Future Son-In-Law of Pete King dies unexpectedly
"Ronald Anthony "Tony" McNair
Updated 07/25/2009 12:06:10 AM EDT
Ronald Anthony "Tony" McNair, age 30 years, who was born January 20, 1979 in
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to Darlene Peterson McNair and James McNair, departed
this life to be with his natural father and Heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 21,
"Tony" graduated from Brownsville Area High School. He was a United
States Army Reservist who had just completed a one-year tour of duty in Iraq.
"Tony" was preceded in death by his father, James McArthur McNair; by his
maternal grandmother and maternal grandfather, Sarah Lee Peterson and Earl
Peterson; paternal grandparents, Willie and Leon McNair.
He is survived by his mother, Darlene Ervin, and stepfather, Harry Ervin of
Melbourne, Florida; his son, Noah Yukie McNair, a stepson, Elijah K.
Farrakhan and his fiancée' Karen King, and his substitute mom and dad, Mr. and
Mrs. Peter King, all of Melbourne, Florida; his sister, Joy Lynn McNair of Palm
Coast, Florida; a nephew and niece: Jimmy Lanier and Jade Lanier; and numerous
aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services and viewing will be held in MOUNT ARARAT BAPTIST CHURCH, Cardale
Road, Republic, Pennsylvania, on Monday, July 27,2009, from 10 a.m. until 11
a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery, Royal, Pennsylvania.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the LANTZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 297 East
Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401 (724.438.4030).
Send a note
of condolence to Pete King:
Our Brother MSgt Mark Schuler has Passed On
One of our Dear AFSS Members, MSgt Mark Schuler who retired from Davis-Monthan
AFB, Tucson AZ on 1 April 2004 and passed away 9 March 2008 while being treated
for cancer in Las Angeles, CA. Mark had undergone several operations in his
battle against cancer and is now in the hands of God and may he rest in peace.
Mark's wife Mary has made funeral arrangements with the East Lawn Palms Mortuary
& Cemetery staff, 5801 E Grant Rd,
Tucson, AZ 85712. Services are scheduled as follows.
On Friday 14 Mar 2008 there will be a viewing from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for family
and then from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for friends. This will take place at the East
Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery,
5801 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712.
On Saturday 15 Mar 08 there will be a viewing from 9:30 to 10:45 am at the
Desert Dove Chapel, 5385 E. Ironwood St, Davis-Monthan AFB,
AZ 85707. The Desert Dove Chapel Service for Mark will follow at 11:00
am. The funeral service will immediately follow the chapel service and will be
at the East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery,
5801 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712.
A great Services Warrior passed away in his
sleep last night [11 Oct 2007] in England. Mike
Hertlein, a dear friend of Dan Awalt's and many other services
warriors over the years. Mike caught some kind of chest infection several
days ago, felt fine yesterday, then died during the night. He was a superb
Services guy, and retired as Chief of Services at RAF Croughton. Fred
Millen is the RAF Croughton Director of Services. Mike's wife, Angie, asked
their son-in-law to call Dan Awalt and pass the sad news on to all of Mike's
friends. Several friends have been notified by friends of Mike here in the
CONUS as well as USAFE.
According to Dan, Mike was the only man he KNEW who outworked him during
Desert Shield while they set up food service, lodging and mortuary
operations (Along with Larry Hornback and Ben Trotter) in England. Mike
was an Energizer Bunny, always going and always optimistic, no matter
the difficulties of the jobs we had to get done in very short time with
very few resources. Mike won the Outstanding Services Manager award so
many times in USAFE that everybody just assumed it was his every year!
Mike's address for condolences is:
30a William Kimber Crescent
Headington, Oxford, OX3 8LW, U.K.
If anybody feels that they need to call, we should
wait a while, but their # is: 011-44-1865-750167.
Mike & Angie had three children, 2 boys and a girl.
Dan Awalt had a wonderful visit with Mike and his family last November
2006 during a stopover for a few days in England on his way to Italy.
Mike was great and seemed to be in wonderful health. Dan received
several e-mails from Mike recently, bragging about how well he's been
golfing, winning several tournaments in Oxford.
Dan said he will treasure that visit now even more.
"Sorry for the sad news, but we must get the word out."
If anyone needs any further
information, please contact Jack Sweet -
Flowers or cards could be sent direct to Angela's
30a William Kimber Crescent, Headington, Oxford, OX3
TeL+0044 1865 750167
Thanks for your kind thoughts for Mike's family at this
Dan de la Bedoyere (Son-in-Law)
Our Marketing Consultant Peggy Geil's husband passed away last Friday at 3:00
A.M. there in Panama City, and here is his obituary below: Maybe some of you as
members of AFSS living there can attend the services and be representatives of
AFSS out of respect for Peggy's loss of her husband Earl. I requested Denise
send flowers to the funeral Home from AFSS. The family will receive visitors
from 6-8 P.M. this evening, 7 Nov and the funeral is tomorrow, Wednesday, 8 Nov
2006 at 2:00 P.M. See Below.
EARL H. GEIL
Monday, November 6, 2006
Lt. Col. Earl H. Geil, USAF retired, 65, of Panama City, Fla., passed away
Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at Gulf Coast Medical Center following a courageous fight
against the ravages of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. He was born in
Washington, D.C., on June 22, 1941, to Glenn Wallace Geil and his wife, Florence
Case Geil. He retired to Bay County in 1988. He graduated from the University of
Virginia, and received his master's of science degree from the University of
Southern California. He was an active caver during his college days. His love of
vertical caving resulted in his invention of the water-cooled rappel spool. He
was named "Fellow" of the National Speleological Society. He entered the United
States Air Force in 1964 and served as a reconnaissance pilot, earning his 100
missions patch for reconnaissance flights over North Vietnam in the RF-4. Upon
returning to the States, he flew the F-106 and the F-5. Favorite assignments
included 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) at Minot, N.D.; reconnaissance
adviser to the Royal Thai Air Force in Bangkok, Thailand; chief of maintenance
318th FIS, Tacoma, Wash.; chief of tactical evaluation, NATO/AIRSOUTH, Naples,
Italy; and commander, 325 th Aircraft Generation Squadron, Tyndall AFB, for the
conversion from the F-106 to the F-15. His decorations include the Distinguished
Flying Cross and numerous other commendations and awards for his service.
Following his retirement to Bay County, Earl was the owner/broker of Emerald
Coast Realty, Inc., an active member of the Bay County Board of Realtors, and
named Realtor of the Year. He also was an owner of the Chefs' Shoppe. Earl was a
member of Arlington Forest Methodist Church in Arlington, Va., The Red River
Valley Fighter Pilots Association and the Anciente & Secret Order of Quiet
Birdmen. He was predeceased by his parents; and his sons, John Andrew Geil and
James Michael Geil. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Margaret "Peggy"
Burnley Geil; daughter, Tamara "Tammy" Smith and husband, Scott; grandchildren,
Reagan MacKenzie Smith and Keegan Reid Smith, all of Panama City; his brother,
Robert Geil and wife, Sue, of Las Vegas, Nev.; his sister, Lois Phelps and
husband, Harvey, of Pond Creek, Okla.; nephews and nieces, Marcia Geil and Eric
Geil of Las Vegas, Harvey Phelps III of Dallas, Texas, and Rebecca Halcom and
husband, Sam, of Pond Creek, Okla.; and numerous cousins. The family will
receive visitors Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kent-Forest Lawn
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006,
at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Warren
officiating. Interment with full military honors by the United States Air Force
will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers are friends from
elementary school, Richard Marshall, John Ouderkirk and Charles Rayfield; and
military friends, Mike Alvord, Jim Dove, Paul Robinson, T.C. Thompson and Jack
Walker. Honorary pallbearers are the men and women of the Red River Valley
Fighter Pilots Association Tyndall Pack and Quiet Birdmen. Flowers will be
accepted, or donations in Lt. Col. Geil's name may be made either to the Air
Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 1916, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or the
Muscular Dystrophy Association. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted on our
Web site at
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
2403 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
This is a 9-11 dedication produced by Milton Hobdy
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