Folded Wings

Junior LysonVeronica Lyson
VERONICA PATRICIA LYSON, nee GRAHAM married to MASTER SERGEANT JUNIOR LOUIS LYSON
7559th Motor Pool stationed at Burtonwood from 1948-1952

Veronica passed away on the 26th June 2013Junior passed away on the13th January 1989
passed away in Liverpool and interned in Liverpool West Darby Cemetery.
Survived by 5 children lived a fabulous life stationed all over the world however eventualley settling back in Liverpool


Lafayette-PooleLAFAYETTE E. POOLE. Lafayette E. Poole, known by many as just plain “Poole” departed this world on his new adventure in Gods own Country on November 26, 2012. He was born July 22, 1932 at Brownsville, Arkansas. He loved the outdoors and country environment and was a very talented artist. “Poole” was a great trickster and possessed a wicked sense of humor. After graduating from high school in 1950 he entered the Air Force as a mechanic and was assigned to RAF Burtonwood. In 1952 Lafayette sent for his fiancée Kay, and they were married at Burtonwood.

In 1954 he returned to civilian life and entered the University of Arkansas and earned his degree in Geology and began his career as a petroleum geologist in Billings, Montana. In addition to his civilian career Lafayette continued to serve his country in the Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, and National Guard retiring with 32 years of military service. This old, red-haired Geologist walked over most of Montana, and made many friends, spreading friendship, humor, and good will. He was also a very active member of the Burtonwood Association spreading his humor and laughter. Lafayette was laid to rest with full military honours at the Veterans National Cemetery in Laurel, Montana.


Willy-PothenWILBERT ‘WILLY’ POTHEN
From Robert Steele. I’am the son in law to Wilbert Pothen, I accompanied him to the 2006 & 2008 Burtonwood Association Reunions in Southport and Manchester (respectively). On Friday (8.30.13), my wife and I transported him from a Transitional Care Facility to a Residential Adult Care Facility where he was to receive further Physical Therapy to eventually become discharged back to civilization as it were. This care facility is his nephew & his Wife’s personal home. They are a WARM, loving, happiness & spiritual Family who opened their home to him.
Above: Excellent photo of Willy
He had a wonderful morning, joking with All,Kids,Adults, etc. Layed down for a small nap, and passed sometime around 2.30pm Saturday 8.31.13. He always wanted to pass in his sleep in a SAFE & Comfortable environment. God has granted this wish, and gave him Wings at the same time.

Please pass on to those who are of interest and most importantly,
please know that the 3 Reunions that he attended played a MAJOR role in his life. He could be in a slump and if i could get him talking about the reunions, it ALWAYS seemed to be best Medicine. Better than any prescription ever could. I truly believe that the Love & Happiness felt by him All of You was a motivating him to keep fighting the fight and Living the Dream. Not to mention Dreaming the Life.


joyce simmonsJOYCE ANN SIMMONS, wife of Richard R. Simmons Passed away at her home in Folsom, California on September 28th, surrounded by her family.Joyce and Richard were members of the Burtonwood Association for about 13 years and attended almost all the UK and US reunions, including this year in England. They hosted the 2007 reunion in Folsom, California. Richard was stationed at Burtonwood from 1951-1954, where he met Joyce.


BETTY ARENDALL
Condolences or anything that you might like to express for the “Memory Book” that family members are creating.
This book will then be given to Betty & Charles’ son Tyree.
Taking the time to do this will be much appreciated as you know how much Charles & Betty contributed to the formation of our 59th Air Police Sqdn.
Association and the reunions that they hosted and attended.


WILY E BRATCHER (s/sgt 59th Air Police Sqn)
From George Raishy:
Wiley was another good buddy from the 59th Air Police Squadron who died on May 7th, 2012 at the age of 83,
Multiple health issues over the past few years proved to be the cause of his passing.
His name is Wiley E.Bratcher, who was a Staff Sergeant,
during his tour of duty at Burtonwood which extended from 1951 to 1954
He served on both Town Patrol and later in the Air Police investigations.
Without a doubt he was the sharpest Airman in our squadron,
which was recognized whenever there was a special event calling for a formal squadron appearance.
He was designated to carry the squadron staff (flag) in front of the marching group. Wiley’s closest friend, Don Jenkins, mentioned that in the all Euro Military Police Competition, in Germany, among some 400 participants,
Wiley was awarded a second place trophy for his skills as well as for his sharp military appearance.
Wiley was strong in his faith and will be greatly missed by those who knew him and served with him. Condolences may be extended to his wife Sylvia and family. If the address is needed they can contact me at <raishy@cox.net> or by telephone:402-572-6674.
Thanks much for all that you do….George Raishy.


Nancy MitchellNANCY MITCHELL
From Alison Watkins: Just wanted to let family and friends to know of my mother’s passing (NANCY MITCHELL).
She was one strong woman and i always wished her mind was a stong.
I would have loved you to be able to talk to her and missed that a lot. She was ready as she had not had much of an existence for the last couple of years. She will be cremated and her ashes buried by our father Harry Mitchell in Union City, California. She was 93 years old and lived a good life.We will have a memorial for the family sometime in November.
Nancy met Harry at RAF Calveley in Cheshire, they married in Edinburgh Scotland. Harry subsequently joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and on retiring from that moved to California where he was a leading light in the Canadian branch of the Royal British Legion.
Nancy and Harry attended many of our reunions in both the US and UK.Above: Nancy & Harry Mitchell at Shreveport 2008.


CHARLES D MITCHELL
Of La Grange, NC served with the 59th Air Depot Wing, HQ & HQ Sqn from October 1948 to Nov 1949. and has been a member since 3rd August 1992 passed away on 15th Feb 2012.
We were advised by Katie Mitchell & send our condolences to her & her family.


GEORGE ANDREW DODD Captain (Retd)
Site Engineer RAF Burtonwood 1984-2009.
From his Heartbroken Children.
The greatest gift anyone gave me was my Dad and that gift was from God,
he sadly passed away at home on the 17th September 2012 with all his family around him.
Everone from tha Association who knew his passion to keep the memory alive and always did his utmost to assist
with anything that we needed.
He enjoyed the recent reunion and was so prode of me and my involvement with pushing the Heritage Centre forward.
Dad was Army through and through and a consummate professional not only as a solier but as a husband and father.
The biggest honour of service life is the camaraderie and respect you have for each other as soldiers.
A soldiers Eulogy only contains simple words and words that spring to mind that describe Dad are: Honour, Compassion, Generosity, Trust, Loyalty, Inspirational, Wise, an Influencer.


RALPH M BRINDISE
From Chicago, IL, served at BAD No.1 on site 4 from Jan 43 toFeb 44 and has been a member since Feb 2000.
Jerry Brindise, his son called to say that his father RALPH BRINDISE passed away after a long illness on January 20th.
Info from Jean Hall. Our condolences to Jerry and his family.


IwanowskiRICHARD F ‘IKE’ IWANOWSKI,
Age 84, passed away on Thursday October 9th 2014.
Beloved husband of the late Anne Clare (nee Tauscher).
Dearest step-father of Sharon (Allan) Duren of Cibolo, Texas and Deborah (Howard) Johnson of Bartlett, Illinois.
Proud grandfather of five and loving great – grandfather of ten. Dear brother of Stanley (the late Mildred) Iwanowski.
Veteran United States Air Force, Korean conflict, retired 37 year veteran of the Chicago Police Dept, 4th degree life member of St Rita Council #2034 K.of C, life member of VFW Post 198, life member of American Legion Police Post 207, and the Illinois Police Association with members of the 3rd and 8th Air Forces.
Ike served at Burtonwood with 59th Air-craft Equipment Repair Squ (1951); 7545th Aircraft Equip Repair Squ Dec 50-Dec 53
and played with the Burtonwood Gadgets softball team.
He is a long term member of the Burtonwood Association having served on the Board for many years
and also acted as recruiter being responsible for recruting many members and making many more aware of our existence.
He also co-ordinated several reunions, notably the two at Shreveport,
LA the first of which was almost aban-doned as the hotel was full of evacuees from Hurricane Katrine which devastated New Orleans.
It was at these reunions we dedicated out memorial at Barksdale AFB and rededicated it with full reunion two years later.
Ike always found a quiet spot at a bar for the duration of each reunion and would have three glasses laid out, one with a scotch, another with a beer and the third with water. We set the same three drinks up at the bar for our dinner at the reunion hotel in Portland, Or on the evening of his tragic death.
See photo Above.
The RAF Burtonwood Association owes a lot to Ike and we will never forget him.

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