John A. Billingsley, 73, of Lacon, formerly of Wheatland,
CA died at his residence on March 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm. He was born
in Joliet on November 27, 1940 to the late Robert and Laverne Long
Billingsley. Later he married Bonnie Anderson on August 4, 1962 in
John spent his career in the United States Air Force as a navigator
on board a B-52 in Vietnam and later as a Reconnaissance officer on
the SR-71 Blackbird. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross,
Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal while serving his
country. In retirement he belonged to the American Legion and the
Military Officers Association of America.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie, 2 sons, Jon (Teri) of
Jacksonville, FL; Michael (Kerri) of Arlington, TX; and
daughter, Kathryn (Ron) Burkhouse of Sacramento, CA. John
also has 5 grandchildren.
Services will be held for John at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon on
April 12th at 11 am with a visitation being held one hour prior to
services. The Reverend Ross Wyman will officiate. Burial will be in
the Lacon Cemetery.
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