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Jack Strong, 81, of Alamogordo, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at his home.
Jack was born April 7, 1926, in Wellington, Texas, the son of early Collingsworth County residents J.M. and Ethel (Jolly) Strong. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1943. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and was severely wounded in the battle for Cebu Island in the Philippines in 1945. He was honorably discharged in 1947 and enrolled in Texas Tech University and later graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Okla. He was employed as the manager of Marian Airport in Wellington, then was the resident aircraft mechanic at the Tucumcari Airport. He became a jet engine instructor at the Amarillo Air Force Base until the base closed, then transferred to Holloman Air Force Base in 1967 where he was an aircraft mechanic until his retirement in 1983. A great passion of Jack's was private aviation, having owned and piloted his own airplanes. He also loved boating and fishing. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 7686, the D.A.V. Chapter No. 36, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 2016 and the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1897.
Survivors include four sons, Gary Alton Griggs, of Katy, Texas, Edwin Griggs and his wife Evie, of Los Alamos, Warren Gerald Gill and his wife Edna, of Alamogordo, and Robert Allen Gill and his wife Vangie, of Alamogordo; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Cook, of Roswell, and Rosemary Cunningham and her husband Bill, of Amarillo; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends who admired him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred, in 1970; his second wife, Jean, in 2006; and three brothers, J.M. Strong Jr., Robert Strong and Eddie Strong.
A memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with Dr. Bill Campbell officiating. Additional rites will be provided by the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1897 and military honors will be by the Army.
Cremation has taken place and burial will be in Monte Vista Cemetery.
To send condolences to the family or sign the online guest book, please visit hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 21 to Mar. 7, 2008
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