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James B. Lusk Jr.


1933 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
James B. Lusk Jr. Obituary
James B. Lusk, Jr.

Virginia Beach - If you are reading this, I, Jim Lusk, have flown from this earth for the final time on Feb. 13, 2014. These paragraphs will serve the custom of announcing my death and comment on my family and my life.

I was preceded in death by a half brother George, a half sister Lois and a sister Judith. I was also preceded in death by my beautiful and cherished daughter, Ann Slavens. Still with us are half sister Iris and a brother Richard. Also cherished by me are Betsy, my wonderful and beautiful wife of over 50 years, who supported and cared for me. She honored the adage, "for better or for worse". I also leave daughters, Helen Sarver and Diane Reid, grand-daughters, Megan Reid, Catherine Gray and Christine Gibson, and great-grandson, Isaiah Gray. It seems terribly inadequate to just list the names of people you are so proud of and care for so much, but such is the limit of print. I also leave cousin Mike, niece Cameron, nephews David, Gregory, Tom and several other nieces and nephews.

What a wonderful, enjoyable life I led. I was born in Medford, Oregon, in 1933, but spent all my youthful years in northern California. My parents, for whatever reason, gave me maximum latitude to mature on my own. There was a great deal of trial and error along the way. I graduated from Corning, CA, High School in 1951 and enlisted in the Navy where I was an aircrew man in a seaplane squadron, then following a two year stint at Chico State College, I entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and in 1960, fulfilled a life-long desire by being designated a Naval Aviator and receiving my commission as an Ensign and retiring as a Captain in 1983. Two tours at USNPGS resulted in a Masters Degree in computer systems. Four squadron tours, including two to Viet Nam, plus a bonus tour at VX-4, resulted in eight deployments and were highlighted by my command of VF-143, the World Famous Pukin' Dogs. Striving to stay in the cockpit as long as possible, I was still regularly flying adversary flights at age 48. No one could wish for a more exciting, fulfilling career.

There should be no sorrow at my leaving for I have led my life to the best of my ability and am pleased with the outcome.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, 1264 Great Neck Road, N., Virginia Beach, VA 23454, followed by a Celebration of Life Party as ordered by and for "Grumpy" Lusk at C P Shuckers, 3232 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Please join the family and attend Grumpy's celebration of life. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 18, 2014
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