John Matthew Wait. Touched down on earth the 5th of May 1961 at Forbes Air Force Base. A young 60-year player in life, checkmate by COVID-19. Wheels up the 21st of July 2021. Final flight from JAX on a B752 to OMA on a B712. His final family events were the men's College World Series and a road trip with his bride of 41 years. Husband to Ophelia Wait (Moreno). Father to daughters; Nicole Wait of New York City, Cynthia Wait and Ashley Wait, of Council Bluffs, Iowa. King to the hearts of his wife and daughters. Son of the late Gordon (Sammy) Wait, and late Carole Anne (Costelow) Wait. Eldest brother to Kelly Rushlow, Patrick Wait and Gregory Wait. Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Iowa State University. Worked for; Garrett Engine Division, Allied Signal Engines, Honeywell Aerospace, Gulf Stream, and Aerion Supersonic. Certification aspects P25 and powerplant P33. Instrumental in P&WC PW815GA engine. Led team to certification of G500 (2018) and G600 (2019). Propulsion, thermodynamics, and acoustics Expert. Piolet. Patent creator, No. US 6,968,697 B2. Licensed SEL pilot; tailwheel and glider endorsements. Cliffs Notes: John helped create and invented a bunch of things that help humans fly reliably and safely. You're welcome. To quote Gene Rodenberry, the creator of John's beloved Star Trek: "A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away." Visitation with family, Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral service, Friday, 11 a.m.. at the funeral home. Interment Cedar Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting donations for John M. Wait engineering scholarship at Iowa State University, www.foundation.iastate.edu
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Published by The Daily Nonpareil on Jul. 27, 2021.