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The lord is my shepherd I shall not want;  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;  He leadeth me besides still waters;  He restoreth my soul;  He guideth me in straight paths for His name sake;  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death;  I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me;  Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;  Thou has anointed my head with oil;   my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Colonel Frank Mann, USAF (Ret.)

Colonel USAF (ret.) 30 yr. Air Force Veteran.   Beloved husband of 60 years... a kind, generous and encouraging father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.   Born on a farm in Sarpy County 4 May, 1924, Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant pilot in the Army Air Corp in 1943.   Flew 58 (B-24) combat missions in the Pacific with the 90d' Bomb Group (Jolly Rogers) in World War II.  Served in the Korean War and as
Commander of the 7th Airborne Command & Control Squadron in the Vietnam War.   A University of Nebraska graduate, he later had a second 12 year career in the Planning Division of the City of Omaha.   A gentleman's gentleman, a humble hero, and a great patriot, a lover of American history and an avid golfer.   He touched all of our lives in so many positive ways.   He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, son Rob and his wife Sheri, grandchildren Christine Johnson and Nicholas Mann, great granddaughter Madison-Layla Johnson, his sister-in-law Helen Mann, three brothers, Ray Mann, Bob and his wife Marcy Mann, Bill and his wife Carita Mann, brother-in-law Bob Martin and many nieces and nephews.

Colonel Branson Wood, Jr. USAF (Ret.)

Branson (Woody) LeHew Wood, Jr. May 25, 1923 - April 3, 2007.  Branson (Woody) LeHew Wood, Jr., 83, of Volente passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at St. David's Hospital.  Woody was born in Staunton, Va on May 25, 1923, to B. L. Wood, Sr. and Lena May Campbell Wood who preceded him in death.  He married Geraldine (Gerry) Ahrendt on March 5, 1948. Survivors include his wife Gerry, daughters: Connie Schutte (Ed) of Duluth, GA; Jackie Eastwood (Ray) of Lexington; Lisa Wood of Denver, CO; Lena Nasta (Sanjay) of Austin; a son, Branson L. Wood III (Katie) of Hannibal, MO; six grandchildren: Allison Leaheey, Bennett Wood, Michelle Schutte, Christine Schutte, Angela Locke, Greg Eastwood; one brother; James Wood (Linda); a sister Virginia King and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, William Wood (Sherry).  The son of a Presbyterian preacher, Woody lived in various towns in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during his youth.  After high school he entered Davidson College but left school to join the Army Air Corps, later the US Air Force. Woody served as a bomber pilot in WW II in the Asian Theater, flying in the China Burma India Hump squadron.  He continued for 30 years of distinguished service retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1974.  He and Gerry moved to Austin later that year to build their dream home on Lake Travis and help care for Gerry's mother.  Woody began a second career in real estate. Always active in church Woody was part of numerous ministries at St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal.  He died as he lived, on the go, driving his wife to an appointment.   He lived a full life committed to his faith, his family and his country.  Memorials may be given to Anderson Mill Garden Club, St. Luke's on the Lake, or the charity of your choice.  Webmaster's Note:  Colonel Wood served as the Hillsboro Orbit Director of Operations and as a Hillsboro DABS from 1970 to 1971.

Chief Master Sergeant Claude (Gene) Dennney Jr, USAF (Ret.)

Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.).  Thirty-year USAF veteran and a great patriot.  Devoted husband, father, grandfather, mentor and brother.  Born on December 3, 1933 in Drakes, Perry County, Ohio.  
Served as the DaNang, South Vietnam ABCCC Operations NCOIC from June 1966 until January 1967.  Served as a Cricket Strike Controller from June 1966 until June 1967.  A member of Errol Estates Country Club and a 32nd Degree Mason.  Served as President of Dell American Mortgage Company, Vice President of Stockton Watley-Davens and former Chairman of the Board at McCoy Federal Credit Union.  He is survived by his second wife, Dorothy "Dot" Denney of Apopka, Florida; his children:  Gene and Teresa Denney of Orlando, Florida; Marsha Sue and Bobby Avera of Groveland, Florida; Steven Young of Sanford, Florida; Michael Young of Apopka, Florida; brothers:  Dave and Leonard of Florida; grandchildren:  Gene and Angie Denney, Laura Denney, Sean Avera, Coren and Cody Young and great grandchild:  Ava "Amazing Grace" Denney.

Senior Master Sergeant William Joseph Dannenmueller, USAF (Ret.)

Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.).  Twenty-six-year USAF veteran, age 65, loving father and grandfather, died Thursday, October 23, 2008 at his home in Biloxi.  He was born July 1, 1943 in New Hamburg, Mo. to the late Cornelius and Marie Jansen Dannenmueller.  Sergeant Dannenmueller served as an airborne communications systems operator for 26 years and was proud to have served in ABCCC from 1974 until 1988.   After retirement he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi for computer science and went to work at Keesler Medical Center.   After retiring from that position in 2005, he began volunteering for the Keesler Medical Center Volunteer Services.   He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church.  He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Angela Hebden and her husband Richard of Ocean Springs, Miss., Tina Murray and her husband Kevin of Biloxi; a son, Tracy Dannenmueller and his wife Theresa of Biloxi; three grandchildren, Miranda Dannenmueller of Whiteman AFB, Mo., Gabrielle and Joseph Murray of Biloxi.   Other survivors include his eight brothers and sisters, Pat Glenzy and husband Terry of Chaffee, Mo.; Jerome "Butch" Dannenmueller of Scott City, James Dannenmueller and wife Vicky of Oran, Mo., Michael Dannenmueller of Fulton, Mo., Mark Dannenmueller of Sikeston, Mo.; Cornell "Buddy" Dannenmueller and wife Mary, Cornelia "Susie" and her husband Larry Farrar and Carolyn and husband Rickey Smith, all of Oran.  He was laid to eternal rest in the Biloxi National Cemetery with military honors.

Lieutenant Colonel Louis Marion Prestwood, Jr., USAF (Ret.)

Lieutenant Colonel Louis Marion Prestwood, Jr., (Gumbo) USAF (Ret.).  Twenty-seven-year AAF and USAF veteran, age 82.  Died November 21, 2008 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Born in Meridian, Mississippi, January 16, 1926 to Inez and Louis M. Prestwood, Sr.  Louis obtained degrees from the University of Alabama and University of Northwest Florida.  Louis proudly served as a pilot in the Army Air Force and US Air Force throughout the world including Europe and South East Asia from 1943-1970.  He served as an ABCCC Moonbeam pilot from 1969 until 1970.  Louis then became a real estate appraiser, starting his own business with a close friend serving the greater Fort Walton Beach and Destin areas.    A graveside service was held at the Magnolia Cemetery in Andalusia, Alabama, just behind the Courthouse on Monday, November 24 at 11:00 a.m.  He is survived by his wife, Carol, and their four children, R. Scott Prestwood, Robin Prestwood Wache, W. Tracy Prestwood and Lisa Prestwood Aldape.  Gumbo will be missed by his eleven surviving grandchildren.


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