Lonnie L. Liss Col USAF (Ret)

Lonnie L. Liss Col USAF (Ret)

March 10, 1936 – February 8, 2020


Beloved brother, uncle, friend and patriot.

Survived by sisters, Rose Anania-Lippstreu (Gary) and Delores Churchill (Mel); brother, Raymond A. Liss (Karen); many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, February 12th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by ROSARY at 7pm.  SERVICES: Thursday, February 13th, 10am, West Center Chapel to St. Thomas More Catholic Church (4804 Grover St.) for MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am.  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors by Offutt Air Force.  Memorials will be directed by the family.




  • Joel Bleicher Posted February 11, 2020 8:07 am

    An officer, a gentleman, and my friend. Deepest sympathy and condolences.

  • Annette Fordham Posted February 11, 2020 9:57 am

    My husband (Larry Fordham) was stationed with Lonnie from the beginning of his Air Force career. It started in Salina, KS and ended at Beale AFB. Lonnie was always such a gentleman. I’m sure the 2 of them are talking Air Force right now.

  • Leo/Lorraine Posted February 11, 2020 10:41 am

    Lorraine and I send our condolences to the Liss family. Sorry we won’t be able to join you to remember Lonnie but all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

  • The Lenz Family Posted February 11, 2020 10:51 am

    Lonnie was a true gentleman and a true hero. An example for all of us.
    Deepest sympathy to your family, prayers and love,
    Claire, Craig, Catherine and Jake Lenz

  • Bobby M Jones Posted February 11, 2020 12:48 pm

    So sorry to hear the news about Lonnie. I was in the 381st Sg. with him while st Schilling AFB,Salina, KS..With deepest sympathy and condolences, Bobby M. Jones

  • George Worley Posted February 11, 2020 2:11 pm

    I served with Lonnie in U-2s at Davis-Monthan and at Beale. A true professional and a good friend. He is missed.. George Worley

  • Neil Ray Posted February 11, 2020 3:42 pm

    Lonnie was a dedicated professional and friend. We were roommates for a time while flying the B-47 in Kansas and served together again at the Air War college.in 1976. The Air Force was a better place for his leadership. My sincere condolences. Neil Ray

  • Neil Ray Posted February 11, 2020 3:51 pm

    Lonnie was a true professional and friend. We were room mates for a time in B-47s and served together at the Air War College in 1976. The Air Force was a better place for his leadership. My sincere condolences. Neil Ray

  • Jim Terry Posted February 11, 2020 4:55 pm

    My deepest sympathy. Lonnie and I served together as U-2 pilots and a tour in the Pentagon. A great friend and an exemplary officer and gentleman.

  • Jim Terry Posted February 11, 2020 5:00 pm

    My deepest sympathies. Linnie and I served together as U-2 pilots and a tour in the Pentagon. A great friend and exemplary officer and gentleman.

  • Sean Suiter Posted February 12, 2020 3:24 pm

    Quiet egoless confidence. Grace. Ever humble and grateful. Lonnie was an incredible person and it was a blessing to know him.

    • Greg Nieto Posted February 15, 2020 7:41 am

      Sincere condolences to Lonnie’s family and friends. His gentle, quiet manner was winsome in every way. Gentleman and skilled pilot as well as deacon at his church. Loved spending time with him whether aloft or on Terra firma.

  • Mary Jeffries Posted February 14, 2020 4:14 pm

    Lonnie and I were cousins and we grew up together. My mother and his mother were sisters. We always enjoyed their visit out to the farm. We enjoyed following his career through the Air Force, and so proud of everything he accomplished.
    May his soul and all souls rest in peace..
    With love and prayers,

    Mary Jeffries-Lincoln, California

  • Andy and Bev Winstrom Posted February 14, 2020 5:35 pm

    Lonnie L. Liss was an American hero, a man’s man and a women’s gentlemen. He was the most humble person I ever experienced and yet the most accomplished person I ever knew. He lived each day to pray fully please God. He lived each day focused on protecting the United States so we could worship God and be protected by our Constitution.
    He had absolute, uncompromising character and integrity.
    He stood like a rock against evil.
    He was the big brother I never had.
    Lonnie Liss has been on the tarmac prepared for his last day since 1960.
    It was an absolute honor to know him and fly side by side with him for hundreds of hours.

  • Cole Weidenbusch Posted February 15, 2020 3:07 pm

    Lonnie will be remembered respectfully and fondly by several members of the Offutt Aero Club, where he introduced them to the wonders of flight or helped them achieve new aviation skills and goals. As recently as last Fall, he stopped by the Aero Club to donate some items for the benefit of new young aviators. He was a remarkable role model, and imparted a true love of flying to all those with whom he flew.

  • Ernest DeSimone Posted February 15, 2020 7:51 pm

    An aero club colleague and consummate professional, it was a privilege to fly with him.

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