FLORIDA — BILLMAN – Charles M. Jr. “Chuck,” a wonderful, quiet and gentle man took off on his final mission March 15, 2013, having fought a valiant – but blessedly brief – battle with brain cancer. Chuck joined up in heavenly formation with his eldest son, Garry. His runway was his own bed in his home. His take off was peaceful and quick. During his 22-year-career in the U.S. Air Force, he flew the T-33 Shooting Star, the F-86 Sabrejet, the T-39 Sabreliner and the OV-10 Bronco. But his favorite airplane and the one in which he logged the most hours and flew in Southeast Asia was the F-100 Super Sabre. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross and 10 Air Medals. After his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Chuck made St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Island his home for 18 years. There he served as chief pilot with Antilles Airboats flying the Grumman Goose and the Mallard. He then joined two friends forming another inter-island airline: Sunaire. As Sunaire’s president and COO, he steered Sunaire through many turbulent times, including Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Survived by his widow, Pat (the former Patty Mayer of Johnstown); son, Gregg (Dania); and grandchildren, Nick, Erin Dan, Brooke and Becca. Also survived by daughter-in-law, Mary Billman (widow of his eldest son, Garry, who predeceased him by six years). When a pilot passes, it is said he “goes west” (as into the sunset). A “gone west” memorial service was held March 23 at Patrick Air Force Base Chapel, Satellite Beach, Fla. Pat and Gregg continue to live in Satellite Beach, Fla. – from which Chuck “went west.”
- District Deaths July 30, 2014
Patricia L. Bakale
BAKALE – Patricia L, 81, Johnstown, went to be with our Lord July 28, 2014.
Stephen A. Christy
CHRISTY – Stephen A., 65, Johnstown, died July 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
CUSTER – Margaret “Peggy,” 69, Johnstown, passed away July 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Care Center.
Kathleen L. Geiser
GEISER – Kathleen L., 84, Oakland, died July 29, 2014, at Arbutus Park Manor.
Elaine Jean (Hamilton) Klayko
KLAYKO – Elaine Jean (Hamilton), 65, Lilly, died at peace Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at her home.
MATIJEVICH – Nicholas, 88, Johnstown, formerly of Pittsburgh, died July 28, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Daisy "Doodles" Miller
MILLER – Daisy “Doodles,” aged 16 years, was released from this life into the next on Sunday, July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, Dorene and Ian Miller, Andrea Brooks, and Jayme Brooks.
Ethel M. Miller
MILLER – Ethel M., 95, Ebensburg, formerly of Barnesboro, died July 29, 2014, at her home with her daughter, Patty, by her side.
Andrea Lynn (Lonas) Peters
PETERS – Andrea Lynn (Lonas), 46, Bolivar, passed into the arms of our Lord on July 28, 2014, in the palliative care unit of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
Mirrel Oliver Plummer Sr.
PLUMMER – Mirrel Oliver Sr., 75, Portage, passed away July 27, 2014, at home.
Mary Ann (Sedor) Shedlock
SHEDLOCK – Mary Ann (Sedor), 87, a resident of St. Benedict Manor, formerly of Revloc and Ebensburg, passed away July 28, 2014, at the manor.
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Michele L. Bernat
BERNAT – Michele L., 45, Mundys Corner, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Benjamin Martin Hadix
HADIX – Benjamin Martin, 33, Johnstown, went to his eternal peace in the arms of Jesus July 24, 2014.
Ethel L. Phenicie
PHENICIE – Mrs. Ethel L., 96, Windber, passed away July 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nicholas D. Steinkirchner
STEINKIRCHNER – Nicholas D., 32, Jennerstown, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Brevard County, Fla.
Linda A. Sral
SRAL – Linda A., 68, Portage, died July 27, 2014, at her residence.
Ruth F. Huff
HUFF – Ruth F., 80, Sidman, died July 27, 2014, at her residence.
Margaret A. Miske
MISKE – Margaret A., 80, Johnstown, passed away July 27, 2014, at the Allegheny Lutheran Home.
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