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Willard F. Langford Jr.


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Willard F. Langford Jr. Obituary
Willard F. Langford, Jr.
Willard F. Langford, Jr., 87, served his Lord, country and family
Colonel Willard Franklin Langford, Jr. (USAF Ret.) departed this life Feb. 8, 2018 on his final mission to be with the Lord.
He was born Nov. 7, 1930 in Alabama, the son of the late Willard Franklin Langford and Mary Ruth (Whitice) Langford, and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. Will leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Frances Pauline; four children, Leslie Hazouri (Steve) of Gainesville, FL, Pamela Langford of Redlands, CA, Sharon Komorous (Scott) of Tustin, CA, and Willard (Trey) Langford, III (Lori) of Yucaipa, CA; and four grandchildren, Jamie Hazouri, Jacob Langford, Nicholas Langford, and Jack Komorous.
Will served his country for nearly 30 years in the military, taking him and his family all over the world and to various air bases in the United States. Will was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1954 following his graduation from the University of Florida, where he was president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. A Vietnam War Veteran, Will was assigned in 1966 to the 8th Fighter Wing at Ubon AB, Thailand, as an F4 Phantom pilot. Will flew more than 100 night combat missions, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Following service in Vietnam, Will trained Air Force pilots on the F4 Phantom jet at Homestead AFB, FL. The family then moved to England, where Will was given command of the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath – a coveted job for an Air Force combat pilot. Four years later, Will and his family moved to nearby RAF Mildenhall, where he served as commanding officer for the Base Combat Support Group. Will's final assignment brought him to Southern California, where he served as chief of the Readiness Inspection Division of the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center at Norton AFB.
In 1979, Will retired from the Air Force and entered into a second, 20-year career in real estate, during which he served as president of the Redlands Realtors Association.
Will was active in his community, as a longtime member and past president of the Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club, member and past president of the Redlands Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, volunteer docent for the Redlands Lincoln Memorial Shrine, and volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Will served his Lord faithfully, and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Redlands for nearly 40 years.
A memorial service will be held on Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 at noon at the First United Methodist Church, One E. Olive Ave., Redlands, CA. Interment with full military honors will follow at 2:15 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kiwanis Club of Redlands Foundation, PO Box 1102, Redlands, CA 92373, and to Redlands First United Methodist Church, www.redlandsfirstchurch.org.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25, 2018
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