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.

 

 

26 Comments

  • 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.

    • Angie Anania Posted February 20, 2020 5:34 pm

      Hi Annette, I’m Lonnie’s niece. My family would love to connect with you to talk more about Lonnie and Larry. If you’re interested, please email me your contact information at angieanania@me.com. Thank you so much for reaching out.

  • 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

    • Angie Anania Posted February 20, 2020 5:36 pm

      Hi Bobby, I’m Lonnie’s niece. My family would like to talk more with you about Lonnie. If you’re interested, please email me your contact information at angieanania@me.com. Thank you so much for reaching out.

  • 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

    • Angie Anania Posted February 20, 2020 5:37 pm

      Hi George. I’m Lonnie’s niece. My family would like to talk more with you about Lonnie. If you’re interested, please email me your contact information at angieanania@me.com. Thank you so much for reaching out.

  • 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

    • Angie Anania Posted February 20, 2020 5:37 pm

      Hi Neil. I’m Lonnie’s niece. My family would like to talk more with you about Lonnie. If you’re interested, please email me your contact information at angieanania@me.com. Thank you so much for reaching out.

  • 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.

    • Angie Anania Posted February 20, 2020 5:51 pm

      Hi Jim. I’m Lonnie’s niece. My family would like to talk more with you about Lonnie. If you’re interested, please email me your contact information at angieanania@me.com. Thank you so much for reaching out.

  • 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.

  • Colonel John Williams Posted February 28, 2020 10:17 pm

    I met Colonel Liss (retired) right after I graduated from pilot training at the aero club. I had no idea he was a retired colonel or what his flight experience had been. I just knew he was a super pilot and went out of his way to mentor this butter bar. You remember people that have a tremendous impact on you. God speed Colonel Liss.

  • William J. Mall, Jr M/Gen. (ret.) Posted March 4, 2020 5:54 pm

    Lonnie was My co-pilot in B-47s at Schilling. I’m honored to have known and worked with him…always had my back…a true gentleman who will be sorely missed.

  • Vern & Laurel Silvernale Posted March 6, 2020 10:30 am

    We are very sad to hear of Lonnie’s passing, he was a great friend to Laurel and I. Lonnie, Don Sponberg and I rented a house off base in Salina. The usual bachelor pad. He was a member of our wedding at the Schilling base chapel. The last time Laurel and I passed though Omaha we had a great visit with Lonnie.

  • Shawn Farwell Posted April 29, 2020 8:18 pm

    Best pilot I ever flew with. Lonnie and I worked on our CFI’s together at the Aero Club. He was a kind gentleman and patient with a young pilot. I still use today what he thought me those many years ago.

    May he fly high with the lord and always be on my shoulder as I fly into his sky.

    My condolences
    Respectfully
    The Farwell family
    Shaw

  • Greg Siler Posted September 14, 2020 12:24 am

    I was going through my civilian logbook tonight and saw the dozens of entries signed “Lonnie L. Liss” with red stamped smiley faces next to my solo and PPL entries, Lonnie took me down a quick journey (7 weeks) to my PPL when I was 17 and on my way to the Naval Academy in 1997. I couldn’t have asked for a better Instructor. As others have mentioned, he had such a calm spirit, yet was so highly accomplished and skilled. I’ll never forget getting lost on my first cross country solo flight. I walked into the Aero Club after landing and he had this grin from ear-to-ear. He was holding a handheld radio that was tuned to the local approach frequency and had obviously heard me ask ATC for a heading to Offutt AFB. We both had a good laugh:) After a 20-year flying career with the Navy, I can honestly say he is still the finest pilot I’ve ever flown with. The things I learned from him still benefit me to this day. My sincerest condolences to his family & friends.

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