Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:05 PM
CLINTON - On Thursday August 8, 2013, surrounded by his family and close friends, Lt. Col. John J Lydon (JJ) USAF Ret. completed his last mission on earth.
In his time here, JJ served his country for 30 years (Feb. 1953-Oct. 1983) serving as a fighter pilot, Air Ops Officer, pilot fighter instructor, air weapons controller, pilot tanker and jet fighter pilot.In 1968, he was assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla. This was, in his words, the greatest assignment other than combat. He received many awards for his service: The Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 22 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six Oak Leaf Clusters,Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Foreign Decoration and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
After retiring from the Air Force with an honorable discharge, JJ continued honoring his fellow servicemen acting as a Board Member for the Hill Aerospace Museum.
In his private life, JJ owned and operated Custom Work: Cutting, Baling, Plowing, Discing, Etc., occasionally plowing snow at no cost for elderly neighbors.He also had a small herd of cattle and raised his own Arabian horses. Often officiating races at the Golden Spike chariot races, or working with the Klunker Klub, JJ always supported his community in his own way.
Most recently, he worked with the Great Basin Antique Machinery restoring antique tractors, riding them in parades and displaying them at exhibits in local fairs…just doing what he always loved – working with tractors.
JJ is survived by his daughters, Deborah, Maureen and Colleen.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Christopher, who met him on the other side with open arms. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael, Davon and Robnisha, his sisters, Patricia Lydon, Joanne Linehan and brother, Lawrence Lydon, and of course his mare, JJ’s Delight.
A special “Thank You” must be given to his friends Jack Bell and Mike Dahle (who was like a son to him); their support and presence throughout his life and during his final days was of immeasurable value to his family.
We know our father touched many lives and though we may not know each of them, he does, and those who he touched will always remember:
Lt. Col. John J Lydon USAF Ret., JJ, Dad, Grampa, Friend, Hero.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hill Aerospace Museum or George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home.
A viewing will be held Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Myers Roy Mortuary, 5865 S. 1900 W. from 5 to 8 p.m. with Military Honors accorded by HAFB Honor Guardat 7:45 p.m.
Per JJ’s request, the attire is to be casual or western. The family invites his friends to share their favorite memories of JJ at the viewing.
Arrangements under the direction of Myers Roy Mortuary.
Send condolences to the family at: www.myers-mortuary.
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