Association of Graduates

Gone But Not Forgotten

Honoring fallen comrades is an important part of the AOG mission and we ask to be notified as soon as possible of the death of any graduate so that we can take appropriate actions. The AOG has learned of the following graduate or cadet deaths within the past 90 days. We have posted the information we have and will update this page as more information becomes available.


Lt Col (Ret) Gerald Benfield - Informed On: July 18, 2014

CS-17,Class of 1972, Deceased on June 30, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Lt Col Benfield was cremated and a private service for family only will be held at a later date.

Maj (Ret) William Venemon - Informed On: July 18, 2014

CS-24,Class of 1971, Deceased on July 12, 2014

Please contact the Associaiton of graduates for condolence information. A private service for family and friends will be held in December. He was cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made in his memory to any of the following charities: Boy Scouts of America www.scouting.org Veterans of Foreign Wars www.vfw.org Smile Train; PO Box 96231; Washington DC 20090-623; (800) 932-9541; www.smiletrain.org

Mr Michael Patton - Informed On: July 16, 2014

CS-35,Class of 1973, Deceased on June 20, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A memorial service was held on 24 June 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Maplewood, NJ. He was buried in the Zimpfer Family Plot in Troy Mills, IA on 29 June 2014. The family has suggested that , in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kidney Cancer Association; PO Box 803338 #38269; Chicago, IL 60680-3338; (800) 850-9132 www.kidneycancer.org

Lt Col (Ret) Thomas Evans - Informed On: July 16, 2014

CS-13,Class of 1967, Deceased on July 14, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 21 Jul 2014 at 1030 hrs. at the USAFA Cadet Protestant Chapel. Burial and graveside service will immediately follow at the USAFA Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather the graveside service will be moved to the Memorial Pavilion.

Mr Donald Palky - Informed On: July 11, 2014

CS-23,Class of 1964, Deceased on July 6, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Mr. Palky will be inurned on 6 Aug 2014 at 1100 hrs. at the USAFA Cemetery.

Lt Col (Ret) Daniel McNeil - Informed On: July 11, 2014

CS-18,Class of 1977, Deceased on June 17, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A memorial service was held on 22 June 2011 in Delta, CO. A graveside service will be held on 11 Aug 2014 at 1400 hrs. at the USAFA Cemetery where he will be inurned.

Mr William Paramore - Informed On: July 9, 2014

CS-11,Class of 1982, Deceased on July 7, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 10 July 2014 at 1430 hrs. at the Brownlie&Maxwell Funeral Chapel; 1010 Palmetto Ave; Melbourne, FL 32901. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

Dr Robert Kuchlewski , MD - Informed On: July 8, 2014

CS-19,Class of 1962, Deceased on April 10, 2014

No services were held for Dr. Kuchlewski. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Charlotte, and his son, Robert.

Mr Jay Armstrong - Informed On: June 9, 2014

CS-01,Class of 1979, Deceased on May 21, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Services were held on 27 May 2014 in Conroe, TX.

Col (Ret) John Carney , Jr - Informed On: June 6, 2014

CS-05,Class of 1967, Deceased on June 5, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral Services are pending at this time.

Mr James Madsen - Informed On: June 5, 2014

CS-06,Class of 1968, Deceased on May 15, 2014

Mr. Madsen's family has honored his request that no services be held. He was cremated.

Lt Col (Ret) Robert Dunham , Jr - Informed On: June 3, 2014

CS-15,Class of 1966, Deceased on May 31, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Services will be held on 5 Jun 2014 at 1600 hrs. at the Ramsey Funeral Home; 5600 Williams Dr; Georgetown, TX 78633. (512)869-7775 www.ramseyfuneralhome.com The family has suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Friends of the Super Sabre; P.O. Box 458; Palestine, TX 75802 (903)723-1578. friendsofthesupersabre.org/contact.html or the Cancer Association of your choice.

Col (Ret) Jeffrey Bower - Informed On: May 30, 2014

CS-26,Class of 1969, Deceased on May 28, 2014

Please Contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A Celebration of Life will be held on 1 June 2014 at 1400 hrs at Aria Memorial Chapel; 19310 Preston Rd; Dallas, TX 75252. Burial will be in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on 2 June 2014 at 1130 hrs.

Maj Gen (Ret) Gary Winterberger - Informed On: May 28, 2014

CS-02,Class of 1972, Deceased on May 20, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Services were held in Hover, AL on 23 May 2014 at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home. The family has suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Mr Richard Wohlman - Informed On: May 20, 2014

CS-20,Class of 1974, Deceased on May 9, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 23 May 2014 at the USAFA Cadet Protestant Chapel at 1300 hrs. Inurnment will follow at the USAFA Cemetery.

Col Warren Kadrmas - Informed On: May 19, 2014

CS-39,Class of 1992, Deceased on May 8, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A memorial service was held on 14 May 2014 in San Antonio, TX.

Maj Gen (Ret) Robert Knauff - Informed On: May 6, 2014

CS-28,Class of 1975, Deceased on May 3, 2014

Visitation has been scheduled for 18 May 2014 from 1300-1500 hrs at the Tait Funeral Home; 233 Fenner Rd; Cazenovia, NY 13035 (315) 655-4615 www.taitfuneralhome.com. The funeral service will be held on 19 May 2014 at St. James Church; 6 Green St; Cazenovia, NY 13035. Burial will take place in Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery; 200 Duell Rd; Schuylerville, NY 12871-1721. It is suggested that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to the following charities: Central New York SPCA; 5878 Molloy Rd; Syracuse, NY 13211 www.cnyspca.org (315) 454-4479 Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum; PO Box 229; Rhinebeck, NY 12572 www.oldrhinebeck.com (845) 752-3200 Central New York Salvation Army; 677 S. Salina St; Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 475-1688

Maj (Ret) Thomas Mathews III - Informed On: May 2, 2014

CS-25,Class of 1978, Deceased on February 4, 2014

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A celebration of life was held on 22 Feb 2014 in Charlottesville, VA. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Charlottesville, VA. The family has suggested that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association; 1160 Pepsi Pl, Ste 306; Charlottesville, VA 22901 (434) 973-6122, Ext 113 www.alz.org/cwva/in_my_community_donate.asp