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Beloved father, brother, uncle and grandfather, John "Jay" Oling died December 17, 2011 at Little Company of Mary in Torrance. Born on a houseboat in East Chicago, Indiana on August 6, 1921 to John A. and Johanna Oling (Burns), Jay was raised on Chicago's Southside and graduated from Pullman Technical High School. He started college but then joined the Army Air Corp in 1940. A man of outstanding ability, Jay was sent to officer training and pilot school. After WWII began, Jay was made commander of a B24 Liberator. Based in England in 1943, Jay joined the "Carpetbaggers" Special Operations Group. Flying a black B24, nicknamed "Little Warrior", he flew 35 missions over occupied Europe, dropping OSS agents and supplies to the underground resistance. Jay was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Returning home, he married the love of his life, Sybil Maye Uvaas and after his discharge, they moved to LA in 1946. Jay spent the next 35 years working as a flight engineer for United Airlines. He was also president of the Flight Engineers Union. In 1951, Jay and Sybil moved to Torrance and began raising sons, Mike and Guy. A man of varied talents, Jay published two books of original cartoons: "Fasten Your Seatbelts" and "Fasten Your Seatbelts Please" After retiring, he enjoyed a second career as a wildlife artist. He also traveled the world with Sybil, often joined by family and friends. Predeceased by Sybil in 2009; he is survived by sons, Guy and Mike (wife Sondra) Oling; sister, Mary "Sue" Corra; brother-in-law, Ray Uvaas; five grandchildren; one great grandson; 8 nieces and nephews; and many friends. A memorial service will be held this Saturday afternoon at the Oling family home in Torrance. May Jay's last flight have a safe landing in Sybil's arms.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 5, 2012
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