BADGER, GUY O. "BO" El Cajon, CA June 16, 1922 to Nov. 11, 2012 Lt. Col. Guy O. "Bo" Badger (USMC Ret.), age 90, longtime resident of El Cajon, passed away - a fighter to the end - from complications of Parkinson's disease, on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2012 at his home while surrounded by loving family. Born on June 16, 1922, in McCausland, Iowa, to George and Ada Badger, he graduated high school and later enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 at the age of 19. Lt. Col. Badger served his country for 30 years with bravery, honor and distinction from World War II
to Vietnam and beyond, retiring to El Cajon in 1971. He was an accomplished and decorated fighter pilot during the Korean conflict
, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for "heroism in aerial flight against the enemy". Lt. Col. Badger was a proud member of the famed "Black Sheep" squadron and was also a reserve member of the elite Blue Angels flying team. During his career he served as an attack pilot in Vietnam and as a flight instructor at a number of stateside bases, including several years at El Toro. He was a treasured member of VFW
SABLE Post 2275, AMVETS Post 17 and the Marines Corps League, all of El Cajon. "For those who fight for it, Life has a special flavor the protected never know." Bo is survived by his wife Sharon of the last 13 years; his brother "Bud" Badger of El Cajon; sister "Babe" Gaddy of Encinitas, CA; sister Lila Gilbert of Sun City, AZ; his four daughters: Kim Henry, Laura Lynn Sotka, Jonie Parker and Holly Klay; as well as grandson Aaron Henry, granddaughter Shanna Fussell and great-granddaughter Zoe Fussell. Loving survivors also include the cherished members of his extended family with his wife Sharon (Sabala), who called him her best friend for 27 years, his seven half brothers and sisters, and first wife Jerrie Badger. He was preceded in death by his parents and first daughter Sharren Kay. His was a life well-lived, with friends, good times and war stories too many to count. Bo had a welcoming spirit, a sharp wit and a great love of music. Whether in the cockpit, on the golf course, at the local VFW post, or at his home in El Cajon, he was a truly unforgettable presence in the many lives he touched. Among his contributions to the community was a successful scholarship fund he established through AMVETS which assisted a number of deserving local high school students with first year college expenses. A memorial service will be held in the Salli Lynn Chapel at the Greenwood Memorial Park at 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113 at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, with a celebration of Bo's life following at 3:00 p.m. in the main hall at VFW SABLE Post 2275, 136 Chambers Street, El Cajon, CA 92020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory may be sent to the Flying Leathernecks Historical Foundation and Museum, T-4203 Anderson Avenue, PO Box 45316, San Diego, CA 92145-0316, www.flyingleathernecks.org
. The family also would like to thank the many compassionate caregivers who helped to ease Bo's final months, days and hours.