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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Col (Ret) John Tait - Class of 1965, CS-18

Deceased on September 25, 2022 - Informed on October 6, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral Services will be held privately for the family. Direct inurnment is intended at the USAFA Cemtery on a date still to be determined. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers: Adaptive Sports Association, PO Box 1884, Durango, CO 81303, (970) 259-0374, asadurango.com

Col (Ret) William Blitt , Sr. - Class of 1966, CS-14

Deceased on September 25, 2022 - Informed on October 5, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation: 7 Oct 2022 1800-2000 hours Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home,2525 N Central Expressway, Allen, TX 75013. Memorial service: 8 Oct 2022 1000 hours St. Jude's Catholic Church, 1515 N Greenville Ave, Allen, TX 75002 His funeral and burial services are intended for early June 2023 at USAFA, the date is still to be determined. Obituary can be found at https://www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com/obituaries/col-william-john-blitt-sr In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the following charities: Allen Food Pantry, C/O St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 Greenville Ave, Aleen, TX 75002, ATTN: Business Office, https://allenfoodpantry.org/donations/ Scholarship Fund in Bill's name for a student at Collin College in McKinney, TX, https://www.collin.edu/foundation/give/mems%20and%20tribs.html

Maj Kelly Schuetz - Class of 2010, CS-08

Deceased on September 25, 2022 - Informed on October 5, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for codolence information. A Funeral Mass will be held on 8 Oct 2022 at 1100 hours at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida, 32309. A reception will follow at the church. The church service will be live streamed at the Good Shepherd website <https://goodshepherdparish.org/livestream>. Burial will be held on 8 Oct 2022 at 1400 hours at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery, 3609 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, Florida, 32327. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Air Force Aid Society <https://portal.afas.org/donate/?freq=1&isMemoriam=0&utm_source=website&utm_medium=donate-button&utm_campaign=EOYappeal>.

Mr. Jason Christ - Class of 1992, CS-34

Deceased on September 19, 2022 - Informed on October 5, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A Funeral Mass and reception were held 30 Sept 2022 at Sant Monica Catholic Church in Converse, TX. The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to a orphanage or charity of your choice.

Capt (Ret) Skip Sanders - Class of 1973, CS-34

Deceased on September 22, 2022 - Informed on October 4, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 5 Oct 2022 at 1000 hours at St Dominic Catholic Church, 3308 E 15th St, Panama City, FL 32405. His obituary can be found at Southerland Family Funeral Home. <https://www.southerlandfamily.com/obituary/skip-sanders-8239739>. His family has suggested memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to the following charities: Tunnels to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306, donate online here. <https://t2t.org/donate/> St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN38105, (800) 805-5856, donate online here. <https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now> Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, (828) 262-1980, donate online here. <https://www.samaritanspurse.org/>

Dr. Shankar Kulumani - Class of 2009, CS-19

Deceased on September 21, 2022 - Informed on October 4, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation was held on 30 Sept 2022 at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, VA. His obituary can be found at DignityMemorial.com. <https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/alexandria-va/shankar-kulumani-10942655>

Lt Col (Ret) Karl Schmidt - Class of 1959, CS-04

Deceased on September 21, 2022 - Informed on October 3, 2022

A funeral service will be held on 17 Nov 2022 at 1400 hours at the USAFA Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather the service will be moved to the Memorial Pavilion. Karl's obituary can be found at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/grand-junction-co/karl-schmidt-10941156

Maj Gen (Ret) Terrence Dake - Class of 1963, CS-10

Deceased on September 15, 2022 - Informed on September 26, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral service: 28 Oct 2022 at 1100 hours at the USAFA Cemetery. Obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/santa-monica-ca/terrence-dake-10933254

Mr. Brent Glines - Class of 1976, CS-19

Deceased on September 12, 2022 - Informed on September 26, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral services: visitation 30 Sep 2022 1300-1500 hours at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N Fairfield Rd, Layton, UT 84056. Graveside 30 Sept 2022 at 1500 hours at Lidquist Memorial Park at the mortuary. Obituary: https://www.lindquistmortuary.com/obituaries/brent-glines Memorial donations: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, (855) 448-3997, www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Maj (Ret) William Gardner - Class of 1971, CS-40

Deceased on June 30, 2022 - Informed on September 20, 2022

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence Information. A Celebration of Life was held on 18 Sept 2022 at 1200 hours at Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH. Burial took place in New Hero, VT. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made toward planting trees in his memory in North Ridgeville. Please email WLGardnerMemorial@gmail.com for more information.

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