ANDOVER – Chief Master Sgt. Douglas J. McLaughlin, retired from the U.S. Air Force
, 80, passed away peacefully at home following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his children.
Mr. McLaughlin was born March 30, 1932, in Corning, to Kennith J. and Ellen S. Kittner McLaughlin.
Doug joined the U.S. Air Force in 1949 and served as an aircraft mechanic, retiring in 1973. He then founded Northern Tier Aviation in Towanda, Pa., and later worked with Wellsville Flying Service in Wellsville.
Doug was passionate about anything associated with aviation. He loved to fly, fix and talk about airplanes. He enjoyed motorcycles and was an avid dancer. He looked forward to family gatherings and especially enjoyed the times spent with family and the grandchildren.
Doug is survived by the mother of his three children, Alice J. McLaughlin; one son, Michael J. (Ann) McLaughlin of Wellsville; two daughters, JoAnn (David) Haugh of Wellsville and Roxanne L. (Daniel Williams) McLaughlin of Belmont; three sisters, Kay F. (Darwin) Miles of Hartsville, Barbara Ann Leach of Louisville, Ky., and Ellen M. McLaughlin of Wellsville; one brother, Kenneth J. (Lynn) McLaughlin of Canisteo; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son, Mark D. McLaughlin; and a brother, J. Patrick McLaughlin.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013) at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sean DiMaria of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville officiating. Burial will follow in Central Valley Cemetery in Hornby with full military honors.
Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Douglas' name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or HomeCare & Hospice, 118 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.