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.

For best results, try searching by Last Name (e.g. Smith), Class Year (e.g. 1959), or Cadet Squadron (e.g. CS-01). More complex searches may not return desired results.

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Lt Col (Ret) Michael Kaufman - Class of 1973, CS-30

Deceased on May 11, 2020 - Informed on May 13, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 14 May 2020 at 1100 hours at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home; 3800 N Big Spring St; Midland, TX 79710; (800) 284-2141; www.npwelch.com. His family has suggested that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to The Field's Edge; PO Box 50068; Midland, TX 79710; www.thefieldsedge.org, University of Texas, MD Anderson Campus; Attn: Development Office; PO Box 4486; Houston, TX 77210; www.gifts.mdanderson.org, the First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund; 2104 W Louisiana; Midland, TX 79701; www.fbc-midland.org, or His Cherished Ones; 11307 Travelers Way Cir; Houston, TX 77065-4973; www.hischerishedones.org.

Lt Col (Ret) Douglas McCarty - Class of 1985, CS-17

Deceased on May 4, 2020 - Informed on May 7, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral services at USAFA are pending at this time. His family has suggested that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to the All-Stars Club; 8949 Miners Dr; Highlands Ranch, CO 80126; www.mccarty.allstarsclub.org.

Mr. George Pepe , Jr. - Class of 1971, CS-15

Deceased on April 17, 2020 - Informed on May 7, 2020

Funeral services at USAFA are pending at this time.

Lt Col (Ret) Harold Keck , Jr. - Class of 1962, CS-03

Deceased on May 4, 2020 - Informed on May 6, 2020

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

Dr. Steven Savonen - Class of 1963, CS-11

Deceased on May 1, 2020 - Informed on May 6, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Burial is pending at USAFA along with his wife, Sheri, who passed away on 14 Jan 2020. The date is still to be determined. Condolences may be left on line and his obituary seen at www.affordablecremationabq.com

Col (Ret) Edward Tooley - Class of 1966, CS-05

Deceased on April 28, 2020 - Informed on April 28, 2020

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

Mr. Joseph Wade - Class of 1970, CS-21

Deceased on April 26, 2020 - Informed on April 28, 2020

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

Mr. Dennis Dillon - Class of 1961, CS-20

Deceased on April 23, 2020 - Informed on April 28, 2020

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

Col (Ret) James Blackwell - Class of 1959, CS-05

Deceased on April 25, 2020 - Informed on April 27, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduats for condolence information. Limited Visitation will be held on 30 Apr 2020 from 1400-1600 hours and 1700-1900 hours and on 1 May 2020 from 1400-1600 hours and from 1700-1900 hours. Contact mairin3456@gmail.com if you wish to attend one of the visitation times. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date still to be determined.

Mr. Don Keener - Class of 1978, CS-12

Deceased on December 5, 2019 - Informed on April 17, 2020

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Services were held at the time of his passing. He was buried in Stewart Cemetery, Cullowhee, NC. His family has suggested that memorial donations be made to the Stewart Cemetery Fund; C/O Carl Stewart; 3295 Yellow Mountain Rd; Cullowhee, NC 28723. His obituary can be found and condolences left online at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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