FAIRBORN — (USAF). MSgt. (Ret.) George C. Kretchmer AKA "Sonny" and "Slim", age 81 of Fairborn, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Hospice of Dayton. He was born July 24, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late George A. Kretchmer and Esther L. Littlefield, also of Chicago. Illinois. George served his country in the United States Air Force during Korea and Vietnam conflicts as an Aircraft Flight Mechanic and crew chief 17th Maintenance Squadron Rear Echelon Maintenance Consolidated Operations (REMCO) Flight Test at Miho Air Base, Honshu, Japan; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana; McChord Air Force Base, Washington; Aircraft Simulators at Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron at Clark Air Base, Philippine Islands during the Viet Nam conflict 1960's; and, as a Mobile Training Systems Trainer Operator at Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts and Castle Air Force Base, California. George retired at the rank of Master Sergeant in 1972. He was a true aviator and loved his flying experiences the most, especially in the B-26 Invaders of the 17th Bomb Wing, doing the Test Flights wearing leather helmet, goggles and parachute! This was followed by his employment with Keller Industries, Merced Community College, California State Parks and Recreation Department, and Eglin Air Force Base Golf Course. He retired from the regular workforce in 1989 and spent his retired years traveling, gardening, watching thoroughbred horse racing, and being the best husband and friend to Momoe, his wife 59 years; the best father to daughters Penny, Darlene and Charlene; the best grandfather to George, Aubrey, Ariel, and Grant; and the best great-grandfather to Lillian and Evelyn; and, the best uncle to niece Linda and nephew Paul. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant son, Kenny, and only brother, Paul. As a soldier, he lived by the following words once spoken by General Pershing "FOR SOLDIERS: Hardships will be your lot, in God will be your comfort. Temptations will befall you but your Saviour will give you strength. Let your valor as a soldier and your conduct as a man be an inspiration to your comrades and honor to your country." He continued to live these words in his civilian life. George's happy, kind and thoughtful nature were inspirational and he was loved by all whose lives he touched for the remainder of his life. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 12:00 until 1:00 with a service immediately following at Morris & Sons Funeral Home, 104 West Main Street, Fairborn, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in George's name to the Hospice of Dayton. Condolences may be made to the family at www.morris-sons.com.