Charles L. Wilmot, Jr. Colonel USAF (Ret.) Born February 2, 1934, Pittsburgh, PA. Died March 27, 2013, Winchester, VA at home.
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Retired as a full colonel from the U.S. Air Force, Chuck served from 1955 after his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh until September, 1980. Highlights of his career included 3200 flight hours, two tours in Vietnam, a Department of Defense representative to the Joints Chief of Staff, and the Deputy Director of Command and Control for the Military Airlift Command in St. Louis where he had the privilege of staffing the first Air Force all-female flight crew (DC-9s). His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Whenever in his retirement someone thanked him for his service his response was, "it was an honor to have served this great nation."
He punctuated his life with one of his second passions: sports. Pop Warner football coach, Little League Baseball coach and an avid Pitt football and basketball fan. The Pittsburgh Steelers, an adopted Dukee and a supporter of the Winchester Royals. Any game, anytime, anywhere. And he could tell you the score years later.
After retirement, Chuck served as Administrator with the Virginia Department of Health in Loudoun County, where he met his to-be wife, June, who were married in 1985. They were off to Oklahoma in 1986, where he worked on a Master's Degree in Public Administration at the University.
When they returned to Virginia in 1991 and settled in Winchester, Chuck discovered that real men volunteer and began a second career as a citizen of the community. First were several years of service with the Lord Fairfax Food Bank. He became a member of the Winchester Host Lions Club, where he served on the board, boasted a perfect attendance, and was a recipient of The Achievement Award in 1991. Kids Voting, was a November must. Most special to him was his service on the Winchester Regional Airport Authority. Appointed by the Frederick County Board of Supervisors for two four-year terms beginning in 1998, he served as Vice Chairman (1999) and then Chairman from 2000 until his retirement in 2006.
His life in Winchester let him indulge his other passions for fishing (both in Pennsylvania with his fishing camp pals and in Lewes, DE in the spring and fall), national politics and golden retrievers, Alex and Jakie. With family now near came celebrations of graduations, holidays, birthdays and "for-no-reason" days with his children and grandchildren.
Chuck is survived by his wife, June (married 27 years); his sister, Ellen; his daughter, Debbie (John); his son, Steve (Kathy); and his grandchildren, Charles (Chuck-the-younger), Jen, Spencer and Tyler.
Family and friends will gather to remember and celebrate Chuck's life on Friday, April 5, at First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun Street. The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., with a reception for friends and family to follow. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery at a later date. Persons who are attending the funeral by car are encouraged to use the Church's parking lot on South Cameron Street, parking along Cameron Street, or the Court Street AutoPark at 2 South Cameron Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training, Inc. P.O. Box 190, Merrifield, VA 22116, online at http://www.grreat.org/donate/index.htm or to the Winchester Host Lions Club, P.O. Box 2921, Winchester, VA 22604.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2013