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John A. Billingsley

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John A. Billingsley, 73, of Lacon, formerly Wheatland CA, died at his residence on March 30, 2014 at 12:18pm. He was born in Joliet on November 27, 1940 to the late Robert and Laverne Long Billingsley. Later he married Bonnie Anderson on August 4, 1962 in Lacon.

John spent his career in the United States Air Force as a navigator on board a B-52 in Vietnam and later as a Reconnaissance officer on the SR-71 Blackbird. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal while serving his country. In retirement he belonged to the American Legion and the Military Officers Association of America.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, 2 sons: Jon (Teri) of Jacksonville FL, Michael (Kerri) of Arlington TX; and daughter Kathryn (Ron) Burkhouse of Sacramento Ca. John also has 5 grandchildren.

Services will be held for John at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon on April 12th at 11 am with a visitation being held one hour prior to service. The Reverend Ross Wyman will officiate. Burial will be in the Lacon Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ.

Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 9, 2014
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