He was a native of South Dakota and spent more than 40 years in Albuquerque, N.M., before retiring to Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Doris June Christensen.
He was a beloved and generous father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 during World War II. He spent 550 days in combat with the 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division. He later drove for Navajo Freight Lines, logging more than 2 million accident-free miles.
After relocating to the Cleveland area, he began building radio-controlled model airplanes and was a founding member of the Bradley Radio Controlled Flying Club.
There will be a Remembrance of Life graveside service Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of a visitation or formal service, the family suggests those who wish to honor his memory spend some time with an elderly family member or friend.
Memorial contributions may be made to the USO at www.uso.org/Donate.
The North Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements.
We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with the family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.