Oct. 7, 1931 – Feb. 25, 2013|
PEORIA, ARIZ. One of nine children, he was born in Coleman, TX, to the late Eldredge and Lola Yancy. Married 54 years to Wanda Mioduszewski, together traveling with their "military brats" to wherever he was stationed.
He was a veteran of both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He served with the 38th Air Rescue and 31st Tactical Fighter Wing in the USAF. A Proud American, this showed throughout his military career, having been the recipient of The Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medals with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters and many (14) others.
He flew 199 combat missions, saved 25 lives and recovered 34 persons in Vietnam. With an impressive career he continued to always live by the Code of the Air Rescue Man. Being a military family, this comes with much pride and respect that those few can know.
After his retirement (20 plus years) with the USAF he went on to work at the Veterans Administration in Environmental Management in Kerrville, TX, Waco, TX, Charleston, SC, St. Louis, MO, and Phoenix, AZ. He took much pride in his association with the VA.
After his retirement in 1996 with the VA (22 Years), he went on to become a Genealogist. This showed his love for family and history.
Throughout his life he has been a member of: The Phoenix Jaycees, VFW, Honorary member of the Texas Rangers, The American Legion, Quogue Fire Department, National Helicopter Society, Masons, DAV, ROMEO Club and his OHS class.
With his quick wit and kindred spirit he has touched many lives and a hero to most. He would be researching family history, emailing his friends and if he wasn't reading a Western he would be watching a Western, always willing to help others in need and despised mushrooms.
Survived by two sons, two daughters, a daughter in-law, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, siblings, many rescue pets to include his faithful dog, Zippy.
Interment with full military honors will be at 10:30AM on Friday, April 5, 2013, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. A celebration of Curtis' life will be held at 12 noon at The Glendale Civic Center, 5750 West Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ 85301.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Curtis' name to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 6667, www.woundedwarriorproject.org or Pets for Vets, Inc., 409 Black Diamond Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411, www.pets-for-vets.com.
Published in Odessa American on Mar. 24, 2013