Lt. Colonel Raymond Ingolf Aasen, USAF (ret.), 82, passed away January 28th, 2006 in Lakeville, Minnesota. Born on April 15, 1923 in Galesburg, North Dakota, Ray joined the Army
Air Corps in 1942. A career Air Force Officer, Command pilot and Master controller, Ray served through World War II
, Korea and Vietnam. Ray flew many types of aircraft but he loved the P-51 Mustang the most. As a P-51 pilot in the Burma/India Theater, he had many exciting stories to tell of his exploits -bike riding in the desert, flying over Mount Everest, and buzzing a truck so low, an antenna was found in the P-51's engine intake. Stationed in locations around the world, he retired to Colorado Springs in 1970. Too restless to stay in one place, Ray took a job with Lockheed Martin in Saudi Arabia training the Saudi Air Force. His beloved wife (Helen) joined him there shortly after. He returned to Colorado Springs in 1978 and became active in the ORB's organization at Petersen Air Force Base and the Order of Daedalians. Ray spent his remaining days playing golf and enjoying his second retirement. Ray will be best remembered for his sense of humor and gentlemanly demeanor. Predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Helen Heron Aasen, he is survived by their children: Lisa (Alan) Green; Mark (Tina); Kevin (Melodee); and Kelly (Trina) Aasen; and six grandchildren. Ray will be greatly missed by his family and those that knew him. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4th, at the Shrine of Remembrance on 1730 East Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.