Category Archives: In Memory Of

Leonard “Len” Anthony Butler

Leonard "Len" Anthony Butler, Colonel, USAF (ret.), resident of O'Fallon, Ill., passed away peacefully at Sycamore Village Assisted Living in Swansea, Ill., on his 80th birthday, July 23, 2020. Born in Baltimore City, Md., Len was the youngest of three boys who grew up camping, swimming, visiting Ocean City, attending Catholic School, and getting into…
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James R. ‘Chilli’ Wills

January 23, 1936 - June 1, 2020 James Ronald Wills affectionately known as Ronnie, Chilli, Jim, Dad, Daddy, Pop, Pa, Poppi, Grandad, Papa, and Grand- papa of Elk Grove, California (formerly of Lancaster, Calif.) was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Monday, June 1, 2020. He was surrounded by Mintie, his wife of 63…
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Col James Kyle 1932-2020

James H. Kyle "Jim" Colonel, USAF (Ret) passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020 in Honolulu, HI. Professionally, Jim (also known as "Kimo" among his buddies) will be remembered for his leadership and ingenuity in the development and tactics incorporating infrared lighting and night vision devices in support of Special Operations Forces. He was awarded…
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Memorial Day 2020 Remembrances

The ACA would like to give the following members one last slow final salute. Each Memorial Day the ACA attends a ceremony here in the Florida Panhandle. We did not receive word about one this year due to the Covid-19 health crisis, but we still want to honor our members and their service to this…
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Lt Col Charles S. Kuczaj 1935 – 2020

We would like to celebrate the life of Lt. Colonel Charles S. Kuczaj, USAF, 84, of Golden, CO, who passed away peacefully in Delaware, OH, on April 8, 2020. Charles was born on October 28, 1935 in Union City, Pennsylvania to Stanley and Katherine Rapacz Kuczaj and was the youngest of 12 children. He graduated…
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Douglas S. Blair 1932 – 2020

Douglas “Doug” S. Blair, 87 of Niceville, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep and went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 14, 2020. He was born in Carbondale, PA on November 22, 1932 during the depression era. Doug proudly served 29 years in the United States Air Force which included the…
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William A Studer 1939-2019

Retired USAF Major General William Allen Studer died of pulmonary fibrosis on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at his home in Tampa, FL. He was 79. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Donna Bray Miskowski Studer; son, Scott (Elizabeth) Studer; daughter, Shannon Studer (Marty) Martinez; two sisters, Sharon Studer (Bruce) Jewell, and…
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SMSgt Ron Kellerman Deceased 29 March 2020

With great sadness, we inform our fellow Air Commandos about the recent death of our Special Tactics/SOWT Friend, Teammate, Mentor, Leader and true BROTHER: Ron Kellerman- RHK. RHK was killed on 29 March 2020 at his home on Roatan island in Honduras - Details are still being compiled. Ron was a key leader in SOWT…
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Richard E. Neel Sr. 1936 – 2020

Richard E. Neel Sr., 83, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at his home in Poland, Indiana. He was born September, 9, 1936 in McLeansboro, IL to Cecil and Stella (Gregory) Neel.  Richard was a retired United States Military Veteran having served thirty years in the United States Air Force and United States Army. Richard…
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Terry “Ace” Shepherd 1927 – 2017

Terry "Ace" Shepherd, age 89 passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He was born in 1927 in Hineston, Louisiana. Ace retired from the US Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant after 28 years of service. After retiring from the military he went to work for the Mary Esther Post…
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