Lt. Col. David Robert "Rob" "Buff" Honodel (USAF Ret.) departed suddenly for his final Heavenly flight on Feb. 12, 2018. Born Oct. 9, 1943 in Waynesboro, Pa, he was the son of the late David E. and Ethel (Miller) Honodel.
He graduated from WASH class of 1961 and from Penn State in 1964. Shortly after that, he enlisted in the US Air Force and became a fighter pilot. He did 2 tours of duty during the Vietnam War, where he won numerous medals and awards including 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, Meritorious Service Award and Air Force Commendation Medal. He was among the first to fly the A-10 (Warthog) along with the F4 Phantom etc. and retired after 22 yrs. of service only when the USAF asked him to fly a desk!
He then spent the next two decades as an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Daniels College of Business School of Accountancy at the University of Denver where his "Boot Camp" style of teaching earned him a reputation with incoming students but his passion for teaching combined with his sense of humor and belief that every student could succeed if they tried, led him to become one of the more beloved faculty members at DU. When he retired in 2015, they started a scholarship fund in his honor! During the next 2 yrs. he finished his first novel, a memoir which drew on his memories of being an F-4 pilot during the Vietnam war. The first print of "The Phantom Viet Nam War" is expected out this fall and will be available on Amazon & book stores. This was to be the 1st of a fictional trilogy (but now a single) and he was very proud of this accomplishment.
He and his wife of 22 yrs, Mary, built a cabin in the mountains of CO and loved to travel, enjoyed attending football games (Penn State & USAF Academy) and his beloved dogs. Since his retirement, they have spent winters in Texas and summers in CO. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters, Amy Honodel of Nev. and Norah Lile (T.J.), son Todd Pitcher (Jessica) both of Colorado, 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters , his twin sisters, Joyce Eyler (Ronnie) and Jean Kahl of Waynesboro, along with numerous nieces and nephews and a great nephew.
A Full Honor Funeral was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO on Feb. 23rd 2018 with a following Memorial Service at the University of Denver. Memorial donations may be made to either Samaritan's Purse International Relief (www.samaritanspurse.org
) or to the David "Buff" Honodel Endowed Scholarship at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business (https://access.du.edu/s/1150/interior2013/interior-giving.aspx?sid-1150&gid-15068&cid-25965&dids-519
Published by The RecordHerald on Mar. 3, 2018.