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James A.. Tassie Lt. Col., USAF Ret

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Tassie, Lt. Col. James "Jim" A. USAF Ret.
75 passed away on August 23, 2015 in Gilbert, AZ. Jim was born in Bristol, CT on September 22, 1939 the only child of Seymour R. and Avis Johnson Tassie. Jim is survived by his wife, Janet Tassie; son, JT Tassie both of Gilbert, AZ and several nieces and nephews. At the age of 18, being guided by a deep patriotic spirit and a desire to "get out there," Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, went through enlisted Airman Basic training, and was subsequently accepted into the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program. During his time of service highlights of his career were flying the KC-135 (jet) refueling/tanker aircraft, HH-43 rescue helicopter, flying more than two hundred combat missions and resulting in 12 combat "saves." Among his many service awards he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Jim earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and while stationed at the Pentagon, he earned his Master's Degree from Central Michigan University. Following his twenty-plus years in the Air Force, Jim joined the prestigious international consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton (BA&H). In retirement he served as a Sacristan at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Chandler, AZ. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 2654 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85295. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church with Funeral Mass to follow at 1:00 p.m. Memories and condolences may be made by visiting the online obituary guest book at www.queenofheavencatholicmortuary.com. The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Timothy Baker and Dr. Matthew Ulrickson; and staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, Mesa, AZ 480-892-3729.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 26, 2015
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