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Peter Thomas Pomonis

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PETER THOMAS POMONIS Colonel, USAF, Retired Peter was born July 21, 1934, in Santa Fe, New Mexico to parents Carmen V. and Peter S. Pomonis. Peter passed Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his home in Riverside due to complications after recent surgeries. 'Col. Pete' (as he was known to many) spent 36 years in the AF beginning his military career in April of 1953 at age 18 as an Airman Basic. Less than two years later, in January 1955, he was commissioned and awarded navigator wings. In January 1960, he was awarded his pilot wings. Pete left active duty in February 1968 and in May 1968 he joined the Air Force Reserve. In August 1972, he entered the ART Program. Pete retired as a Colonel and Group Commander in July of 1989. Col. Pete had an illustrious career, earning numerous decorations and the love and respect of his fellow officers. Pete was preceded in death by his beloved wife, 'Carrie' Caroline Mary Pomonis (2007) as well as his sons, Peter Thomas Pomonis (2003) and Steven Mark Kuinius (1995). Pa is survived by his son, Phillip Pomonis; daughter Debi (Andy) Balogh; grandchildren Christina and A.J. (Nayonna); and great-grandchildren Kalan and Emmalynn; daughter Jennifer (Clyde) Thompson; grandchildren Courtney and Jeff; and great-grandaughter Cara; and son James Kuinius. Also, sisters Diane Peterson, Barbara McLennon, Melody Fisher and their families. Services will be held Friday, March 1 at 12:30 pm at Pathway Christian Church, 6755 Victoria Avenue, Riverside. Following the church service there will be Military Honors at Riverside National Cemetery (staging at 2:31 pm). After these services, there will be a reception in the Convocation Room at Air Force Village West (adjacent to the cemetery). Arlington Mortuary, Directors (800) 275-4648 www.arlingtonmortuary.com

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Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2013
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