George Lasley, KY214 Safety Officer Passes Away 18-Jan-11
Major George Lasley, a member of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron passed away
Tuesday, January 18, 2011. George was the squadron's safety officer who
provided our safety briefings each month. George had been a member of the
squadron for a little over two years. He had planned on becoming a mission
pilot but he lost his FAA medical and could no longer pilot aircraft.
Despite this, he was a vital member of the squadron staff and one prince of
a guy! Several squadron members attended his memorial service held at
Southeast Christian Church. I visited George at the hospital on January 14th
and we talked for quite awhile about his time in the U.S. Air Force and he
seemed in very good spirits and really seemed like he was at peace with the
world. Here is the obit that George wrote and some images I have of him from
squadron functions. Happy Landings George!
LASLEY, GEORGE ARTHUR, 81, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Norton
Brownsboro Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Kansas City, KS, George was the second of five children of George
and Beulah Lasley. His mother had polio early in life and walked with
crutches and braces her entire life. His father had three years of formal
education and worked two jobs to support his family. Together, they raised
their children in a God-loving home never asking for or receiving assistance
from any source other than their Savior, Jesus Christ.
George learned from his parents persistence in what you need or want to
accomplish and to love the Lord. Due to an economic depression, George got
his first job to assist the family at age 12. During his teen years, George
worked on a wheat and cattle farm during the summers until he graduated from
high school and then full time until he was 21 years old. In addition to
farming, he learned carpentry, plumbing, welding, basic electricity, and
became a pilot at the age of 16.
When George turned 21, the Korean war was accelerating and he joined the
United States Air Force (USAF) as an enlisted man. He subsequently became a
gunner on B-29 and then B-36 aircraft. During his second year, he was
accepted to enter the aviation cadet program where he graduated a year later
as a pilot with a Commission in the USAF. George married shortly after
graduation and had three children, Deidre (Dee), George Arthur, Jr. (Jerry),
During his 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, George flew several fighter
aircraft, one bomber, taught students to fly and flew 150 combat missions in
Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 air medals
along with other awards associated with his career.*
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, George was employed by Red Lobster
as a Regional Director with 35 restaurants under his supervision.
After the passing of his first wife, George moved to Louisville to open a
restaurant for a group of investors. It was during this time that he met
Karen Saling who he married in 1979. They have one child, Megan.
George's final career was as a property manager. During this time he
collaborated on a book about best practices in condominium association
management and assisted with passing a state law regarding maintaining
During his retirement, George volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol, SCORE,
and at Southeast Christian Church where he is a member.
In his writing of this obituary, George asked that you not mourn the
departure of his worldly body, but lift your eyes to the Heavens and focus
not on the past but to follow Jesus.
* Here is a list of some of the
aircraft George flew while in the USAF. A-37, B-25, B-47, C-47, C-119, F-4,
F-86, F-89, F-94, F-104, KC-135, T-6, T-28, T-33, T-37,T-38.
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