Col. John F. Cary, Ret., age 84, of Colorado Springs, passed away on Monday May 5th, 2014 at Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
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Born December 3, 1929 in Bridgeville, and raised in Evans City, PA. He was the son of the late Bolard and Margaret Irvine Cary. He married Mary Ann McCune in 1953.
He attended Grove City College before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and serving in the Korean War. He graduated Flight School in 1953. He was selected to attend the Air War College and graduated in 1971, before serving a tour in Vietnam. After retiring, he went on to complete his baccalaureate degree from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in 1985.
Colonel Cary served 30 years in the Air Force. He proudly spent 16 years as a Fighter Pilot before arriving in Colorado Springs, where he served as the Director of Operations at NORAD, and Director of Personnel Management at Peterson Field. His many distinguished awards included Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Service Medal, and AF Presidential Unit Citation.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (McCune) Cary; a son, John Cary of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Nancy (Cary) Wermer and her husband, Alan of Saline, Michigan; Sister-In Laws Barbara and Natalie Cary; and Brother-In Law Ray Schar.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Mary Schar; brothers Bolard, Edwin, and James Cary; and Sister-In Law Maxine Cary.
A memorial service will be held Monday May 12th at 1:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 East Bijou Street, Colorado Spring, CO 80903, with the Reverend John Goodale officiating.
Private inurnment, with military honors, will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Memorial contributions may be made to the Deacons Fund at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements under the direction of Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Colorado Springs, CO.
Published in The Gazette on May 11, 2014