Stromfors, Col. Richard
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72, of Tempe, AZ passed away on April 29, 2014. Colonel Richard D. "Pappy" Stromfors, USAF Retired, passed away after a long struggle with vascular dementia. His family was at his side.
Richard was born 1941 to Elmer and Florence Stromfors in Allentown, PA, and raised in Erie. He received his Bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 1963 and his Masters in Public Administration from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama in 1974. His mother Florence, father Elmer, and his brother Robert preceded him in death.
During his military career of 26 years, Richard, "Pappy", flew over 4,000 hours in the RF-4C, including 202 combat missions over North and South Viet Nam. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four USAF Meritorious Service Medals, 11 Air Medals, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Pappy was beloved by all who knew him. He was an intelligent, insightful and compassionate man. To meet him was to know his handshake was his lie detector; His stance made him ten feet tall and his word was his immutable bond.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Charlotte; two children Jason (Jenifer) and Stephanie (Gary), three marvelous grandchildren: Zachary, Ella and Jake, and a military family filled with his honorable comrades in arms A Military interment ceremony will take place at the Arizona National Cemetery on June 6th at 11:00am, followed by Celebration of Life reception at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe. In lieu of flowers, the Stromfors Family requests you make donations to Banner Alzheimer's Institute or
, both in Phoenix.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 14, 2014