Edward B. Fitch (1918 - 2016)

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  • "Our love & prayers to his wonderful family!!!! XOXO! CIAO!..."
  • "A grateful nation mourns its loss. Rest in peace, Colonel."
    - Ian Carah
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Ed was born in Kalamazoo, MI on April 7, 1918 and passed away peacefully at home in Cameron Park, California on October 6, 2016. He graduated from Everett High School in Washington in 1936 and then attended Western Washington College until he entered military service in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. As an Army Air Force pilot he flew 55 missions over Europe and 65 missions in Korea. He was a regular Air Force Officer spanning 34 years of service. He was stationed throughout the world and continental United States. During his military career he flew all World War II fighter, medium bombers, utility and cargo airplanes. Later he flew jet fighters, KC-135 jet tankers, and B-47 and B-52 bombers. His assignments included Squadron Commander, Wing Director of Operations, Wing Commander and Base Commander. In July of 1973 he retired from Beale Air Force Base and joined the Boeing Aircraft Corporation serving in Iran training aircrews of the Iranian Air Force. He fully retired in 1976 and resided in Cameron Park where he was a charter member of the Cameron Park Country Club and club senior golf champion three times. Col. Fitch was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Order of the Daedalians, Retired Officers Association and Air Force Association. He was a fiercely independent and determined individual. This was evident throughout his life. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Evelyn. He is survived by his daughters Judith Brown and Janie Swickard (Deane) and grandchildren Angela Otoski (Jim), Jeff Swickard (Chris) and Deane E. Swickard (Joanne) and great grandchildren Deane A. and Samantha Swickard and brother Charles (Marilyn). We appreciate the love and support he received from his kind and caring caregivers as well as friends and family. Interment at Arlington Cemetery.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 23, 2016
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