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John Armour

December 8th, 1964 - February 3rd, 2015

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Colonel John E. Armour, Jr. (USAF, retired) passed away at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon February 3, 2015.
John was born in Tacoma, WA December 8, 1964 to Jack and Joanne Armour. He graduated from Washington State University where he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. He treasured his lifelong friendships with his WSU Alpha Kappa Lambda brothers. John went on to receive Masters degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. John served in the Air Force for 23 years and retired to Bend in 2012.
John found a rewarding second career working at Central Oregon Community College. John loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and paddling, but was happiest spending time with his family.
John is survived by his wife, Shelley Ransom; daughters, Josie and Zoe Armour of Bend; mother, Joanne Armour; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Ed Schau and nephew, Ben Schau, all of Tacoma; brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Anjunette Armour, nephews and nieces, Andrew Armour, Nicole Armour, Rebecca Ronzone and Rocco Ronzone of Gig Harbor, WA; parents-in-law, Bob and Gayle Ransom of Pasco, WA; brother-in-law, John Ransom of Bend; and numerous cousins, extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, John E. Armour Sr.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northwest Public Radio, Washington State University Athletic Fund or the COCC Foundation general scholarship fund.
Johns family is exceedingly grateful for the great care he received from many, especially the cardiac surgery team at the University of Texas San Antonio Medical Center, Dr. Nahel Farraj, St. Charles chaplains and speech therapist, Abigail Cary.
A celebration of Johns life will be held at the Historic St. Francis Catholic Church in downtown Bend beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, 2015.
Our sadness is overwhelming, but we will always be inspired by your faith, perseverance and love of life. Hokahey, Colonel Armour.

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From Jeff Ricketts on May 2nd, 2019
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Dan Fischer

April 29th, 1965 - February 22nd, 1995

From: Jay and Kim Kupiszewski

While we were going to school at Florida State University, one of our close friends was Dan Fischer.  Dan and Jay went thru ROTC together and then pilot training at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona. Following that Dan & Jay were both stationed at Altus AFB in Oklahoma.   Jay and Kim went on to Travis AFB and Dan to Norton AFB (both in California) 
Dan’s follow on assignment was the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs.  Here he trained Cadets on a newly arrived trainer named the T-3 Firefly.  It was capable of aerobatics and spins, but later found to have design defects that resulted in 3 fatal crashes in less than 2 years.  Sadly, our good friend Dan was killed in the first of those crashes on Feb 22 1995.  In 2013 Dan’s remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  Jay & Kim were honored to be in attendance.
Dan was a great man, a great friend, a great son, a great brother, a great patriot, and we still miss him dearly. 
Since we wanted to remember the good things Dan brought to all our lives and in light of his sacrifice, and to preserve his legacy of: “service before self”, Kim and Jay have established a scholarship fund in Dan’s name:
The Captain Daniel Erwin Fischer Memorial “Spirit Award” Endowment
This endowment will go towards a scholarship for FSU AFROTC Cadets awarded annually.  The Cadets, one young man and one young woman, will be chosen based on established criteria that exemplify Dan’s spirit.  This scholarship will be permanently endowed once we reach $25,000.  Our goal is $50,000 so that the scholarship can keep pace with inflation.  Any contribution to this endowment would be greatly appreciated.  Please make out any checks to: “FSU Foundation” and in the memo “F07701”
 Thanks again for your support.
Jay “Koop” Kupiszewski  Kim Kupiszewski    

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