Harry D. Whye, Col. USAF (Ret.)

Whye, Harry D. Col USAF (Ret.) Jan 12, 1920 – Mar 16, 2010 Harry died peacefully in Bellevue due to complications of a stroke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah N. (Espenshade) and Harry L. Whye, and brother Robert. He is survived by his widow Dorothy, Bellevue; brother Dick, Hershey, PA; sisters, Bett Eber-sole, Elizabethtown, PA, Nan Hayward, Middletown, PA; children, Donald and wife, Wan Yu, Aiea, HI, Mike and wife, Dorie Stone, Council Bluffs, and Sandy, Omaha; grandchildren, Holly Nicole (Whye) and husband Mike Schiff-hauer, Orlando, FL, Graham, Meredith and Alex Whye, Council Bluffs; great-grandson Abel Schiffhauer, Orlando, FL; a host of loved in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, members of the Bellevue-Offutt Kiwanis and care-takers at Victoria Gardens. Born in Middletown, PA, Harry was exceptionally proud of his 28-year-long service in the U.S. Air Force in which he rose from the rank of private to colonel, flew 35 missions as a B-17 navigator, evaded capture behind enemy lines for 13 days before returning to American forces and earned the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and other medals. He wrote portions of the Air Force Navigation Manual, served as an intelligence officer in SAC and Vietnam and was a Professor of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. In retirement he was involved in public relations, Midlands Real Estate, Bellevue and Sarpy Chambers of Commerce, the First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue and he took pride in his long association with the Bellevue-Offutt Kiwanis. He was married to Dorothy (Hanacik), formerly of Caldwell, TX, for more than 64 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Great Plains Chapter of the Alzhei-mer’s Association, 1500 So. 70 St., Ste 201, Lincoln, NE 68506, Ph#402-420-2540, http://www.alz.org/greatplains. VISITATION Wednesday, March 24, 6-8pm, Bellevue Memorial Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE Thursday, March 25, 11am, First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue. Interment Bellevue Cemetery.

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