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05/21/1922 - 05/13/2014
Retired veteran of WWII, Major Fred Jordan passed away in Vacaville, California, due to complications of pneumonia/pulmonary fibrosis on May 13, 2014, and has been reunited with his beloved wife of over 70 years, Bettie J. Jordan (Hussey). She preceded him in death February 22, 2013.
They had three children together: Robert M. Jordan (Bev) of Idaho; Gary L. Jordan (Vana) of Idaho, and Patricia A. Jordan-Grinslade (William) of California; four grandchildren: Jennifer Jordan, Kim and Kelley Jordan, Timothy Wallace; nine great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Born to Fred W. Jordan and Alice M. Jordan (Powell), Dad was raised on their family ranch in Nampa with two older brothers, Lee E. Jordan (Lois), and Charles W. Jordan (Ella). All deceased.
In 1940, he graduated from Nampa High School; married his high school sweetheart, Bettie Hussey in 1942, and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. At age 22 he was pilot/co-pilot, flew many raids in B24 Liberators before his plane was shot down over Yugoslavia, March 1, 1945. He was rescued by Tito's partisans. Dad received the Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Oak-Leaf Clusters, American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After the war, he and Bettie moved to Boise to raise their family. Dad continued his love of flying by joining the Idaho Air National Guard's 124th fighter squadron in the mid 50's flying C-47s and C-45s. He retired in both the U.S. Air Force and Army Reserves, worked in the Boise automobile industry in management/sales, and was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge of Boise over 50 years. Once retired, Mom and Dad relocated to Paradise, California, and enjoyed traveling the Pacific Northwest in their RV.
Full military honors were given him on May 15, 2014, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (located in Dixon, California) with all three children and friends present. May peace be with them. We love and miss them both.
Memorial donations can be made to
www.alz.org or to Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 15, 2014