Sunderland, Colonel Larry I.
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Colonel Larry I. Sunderland, USAF, Retired passed away peacefully at his home in Ogden, Utah on December 29, 2013 surrounded by family. Larry was born on February 23, 1919 in Putnam County, West Virginia to Alfred and Ruth Sunderland and was raised in Milton, West Virginia. He proudly served his country for more than 24 years. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corp in support of WWII. Larry was stationed in England and North Africa during which time he was a bomber pilot, flying 58 missions. His military career continued as a member of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War flying 18 missions. He completed his military career as a commander of a B-47 Squadron and in management with the Strategic Air Command. After retiring from the USAF in 1966, Larry owned and managed an apartment complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. He retired for a second time in 1976 when he sold the apartments. Larry then moved back to West Virginia to be closer to his mother, brothers and sisters. He later moved to Ogden, Utah to be closer to his youngest grandchildren. Larry was a firm believer in education. While in the military he completed his undergraduate degree at Ohio University and later his MBA at Arizona State University. Larry was also a 33rd degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite. Larry is survived by his daughter Sandra Richardson of Chester, Virginia; son Monty (Nancy) Sunderland of Henderson, Nevada; son Jeff (Barbie) Sunderland of Eden, Utah; five grandchildren, one great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Ruth, brothers Joe and Harry, sisters Juanita and Betty, and his grandson Steven. Per Larry's wishes, there will be no services. Those wishing to do so may honor Larry by contributing to either of his favorite charities - Shriners Hospital for Children or the Scottish Rite Children's Learning Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.aaronsmortuary.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 5, 2014