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Lt. Col. James (Jim) Obermiller passed away Jan. 30, 2013, in San Antonio, TX. He was born June 30, 1921, in Ft. Wayne.
After high school, he was selected to attend the Army Air Corps Pilot Training program. He became one of the first class of enlisted pilots, followed by his commission as an officer and assignment to the 339th Fighter Squadron, flying P-38s in the South Pacific.
In Nov. 1942, he was credited with shooting down a Japanese Zero during a combat mission over the Solomon Islands. He was awarded the Air Medal and later, two more, while being cited with the Navy Presidential Unit Citation, among numerous other decorations during his military career.
Further duties included a tour with the 49th Fighter Group at Taegu, Korea, and later with the Titan Missile Program, culminating in more than twenty years of military service.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Mason & Hanger, Silas Mason Company, Lexington, Ky. for thirty-five years as assistant to the president and corporate security.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn H. Obermiller.
He is survived by two sons, retired Air Force Colonel Terry Lee (Candy) Obermiller and Robert Alan (Kate) Obermiller, artist and quality assurance professional; a daughter, Lynne Ann (Alan) Obermiller Landreth, a retired administrative assistant; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at High Flight Chapel, Air Force Village II, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd.
A military burial service for the family will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Air Force Village Foundation, San Antonio, TX.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Porter Loring Motuary North, 2102 N. Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX. 78232.
Online condolences can be made at www.porterloring.com.