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Colonel (ret. USAF)
Byron Franklin Knolle, Jr.
Berlin Airlift pilot Col.Knolle, San Marino resident, died July 6th from pneumonia following a fall late May, broken hip surgery. His 27 year Air Force career also included SAC (Strategic Air
Command), test pilot Edwards Air Force base, Space Command, and Special Task Force, then secret in LA area. After USAF retirement he worked 16 years as an aerospace engineer for Areojet Electric Systems Co.
Texas born, Knolle graduated from the United States Military Academy,West Point, Class of 1945. He received his wings, commission in the Army Air Corps at graduation and served in US Army of occupation, Germany. He has an MS engineering from University of Michigan.
Community involved: Caltech Associates, The Huntington Library, San Marino Rotary, A popular speaker on the Berlin Airlift, Active in his Presbyterian church serving as deacon, usher and building committee.
Services on Tuesday, July 24th at 2 pm, San Marino Community Church, Rev. Jeffrey O Grady presiding. Private burial in Riverside National Cemetery later beside his first wife, Shirley Black Knolle.
He leaves his two daughters, Suzanne Wilcox (Ronald) and Nancy Knolle, two granddaughters and a great granddaughter. His wife of seven years, Billie Youngblood-Knolle, her two sons Bill Youngblood and Charles Youngblood.
No flowers please. Contributions may be made to San Marino Community Church, building fund, 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino, CA 91108 or Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, California.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 20, 2012