Colonel James G. Monk (JG), decorated veteran, loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and community leader flew his last flight on 11/22/13 at 6:15pm.|
Colonel Monk was a proud career member of the United States Air Force. He served his country in many ways. Whether flying combat missions, conducting rescue operations, leading fighter squadrons, or directing operations at NORAD, Colonel Monk exhibited the values and code of an officer and a gentleman.
Colonel Monk earned 3 Silver Stars, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Presidential Unit Citation Award and Vietnamese Service Ribbon. In Vietnam alone, he flew 177 combat missions. Some Aircraft he flew were: F-86F, F-86D, F-102, F-106, and the A1E.
In addition to his successful military career, JG held leadership roles in both private industry and the community. He was an active member of Sunrise Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, the Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Colorado Trail. He was a member of the Rocky Roos motorhome club. He was also an active member of the QB's (Quiet Birdmen) and the Daedalians. JG loved the mountains, hunting and fishing.
JG is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Bradley Monk from Denison, Texas, his four children; Deborah Bridegum, James B. Monk, Michael Monk, Melissa Monk and their significant others; Jeff Bridegum, Janet Hancock-Monk, Mary Heins-Monk, Leo Tellez Jr. and 9 grandchildren; Clif Bridegum, Brooke Bridegum, Adam Monk, Ryan Monk, Jodi Monk, Jill Hancock-Yonkers, Ali Hancock, Shawn Monk and Sarah Monk.
Visitation will be 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Tuesday, November 27, 2013 at The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00AM on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Sunrise Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Boulevard, Colorado Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 26, 2013