“Kris and I are so very sorry to hear of the loss of a true patriot, leader, and friend--Jim Clary. I thought the world of Jim and like many other aviators, he had a positive impact on my career. He taught life lessons--would listen to junior officers but would tell us what we needed to know not always what we wanted to hear. He was a one-of-a-kind leader and people oriented professional. Know he's with friends now and will welcome us when we too arrive in the big hanger in the sky. You...
“Ardith - My deepest sympathies - I just found out that Jim passed away last week. I'm mostly sorry that he had to have such a long, hard struggle. I feel so lucky to have known him - his zest for life was so evident and had such a positive effect on Leslie and I during our HS years. His love for you and the girls was always so apparent. He will be greatly missed but as time passes, you will be able to reflect on all the laughter.
“Ardith, the Harberg Family and Lesley,
It was very sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a unique character. He was always jolly, a great cook and drove like a bat outta you know where on the way back from Colorado-as he flew by our car. Your thoughts about Jim will make you laugh once the pain goes away.
God Bless All of You, Mary Austin
“We are so very sorry for the loss of Jim. Please know that we are all thinking of you at this time of sadness.
“Lynell and I are sorry to hear the news and always enjoyed Jim's company. He was one tough sonuvagun. Our sincere condolences.
Dick and Lynell Placzek
“Barb & I, Like So Many "Others" would Not Have Had an AF Career If "Jim" had not "Interviened/Guided/Assisted" in Our Behalf. The Most consumate "People"
Leader I've ever had the Pleasure to Work For in My entire time in the AF....I continue to use "His" approach in My day to day dealings with Others. God Speed JCC, Thoughts & Prayers to Ardith & Family.
Barb & Tom Kasych (55th SRW 71-74/79-84/87-89).
“Montez and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of our friend Jim Clary. Like Jim Morrow, I owe my career to Jim. I learned so much from him when we were stationed at Shemya (1974-1975) and in the 343rd before that. He will always be remembered as “The God Father”. Our condolence to Ardith and family. Our prayers are with you.
Darrel and Montez Kirbie
“Ardith and girls and family, we are so sorry to know of Jim's passing. He was such a genuine person and appreciate his friendship and positive approach each time we were with him. Ron had all kinds of intentions of visiting with him before we left for AZ, where we are now are. We missed out while we could have and are so sorry, we did not get the opportunity to check in with him before he is gone.
Sorry to miss the service in Jim's honor. We will call you later, Ardith, and peace...
“We, Jim, and Carole, owe Jim Clary a career, and will forever remember his kindness upon his return from Eielson / 6SW to become 343 SRS/CC, and accept a newbie (me) from Vietnam into the Sqdn.(1971). He supported us in every opportunity we explored. He treated his squadron with respect, and promoted at every opportunity. He was the epitome of a fine Commanding Officer!
Our condolence to Ardith, and the 55th Wing on the loss of a stalwart member of our Military Establishment.
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Clary, James Carl, Col. USAF (Ret) Jul 12, 1930 - Dec 7, 2012SERVICES Monday 11am at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114 St., with full Military Honors by Offutt AFB Honor Guard. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to Presbyterian Church of the Cross....Read More