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Col. Edgar Robert Grischkowsky

September 16, 1933May 29, 2015
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Col. Edgar R. “Gris” Grischkowsky, USAF, Ret., (81) of Austin, passed away at St. David's Hospital on May 29, 2015. Gris was born in American Falls, Idaho on September 16, 1933 to Paulina and David Grischkowsky. He graduated from American Falls High School in 1950 and after two successful years tending to the family farm, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. Shortly after enlistment, Gris was selected to attend pilot training as an Aviation Cadet and was commissioned a 2d Lt. upon earning his wings.

Throughout his colorful 33 year career as a fighter pilot, Gris amassed over 5000 mishap free flight hours in tactical aircraft ranging from the F-86 Sabre to the F-15 Eagle. He completed 206 combat missions in Vietnam and was heavily involved in the initial testing and program development of both the F-15 and F-16 fighter programs. As a graduate of the Air War College, he completed senior staff officer tours as the Director of Operations for the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base Korea; Chief, Operations Inspections, Pacific Air Forces Inspector General, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and the Deputy Operations Officer for 12th Air Force, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. Gris retired from the Air Force in 1984 and spent almost another decade of service as the General Manager of his community's HOA before finally settling down to enjoy retired life as a doting husband, father, and grandfather. Gris was an active member in several Aircraft Societies and was a contributing writer to Sabre Jet Classics. He is survived by his darling wife of 52 years, Wilma B. Grischkowsky, his daughters Jane and Melissa Grischkowsky, his son, LtCol. Michael R. Grischkowsky, USMC Ret., and his sister Chris Toews. He was also father to his loving daughters in-law Cindy Higgins and Jennifer B. Grischkowsky and proud grandfather to Nicholas, Tyler, and Mason Grischkowsky. He is preceded in death by his parents Paulina and David, his two brothers, Herbert and Emil Grischkowsky, and his son, Martin Grischkowsky.

Memorial services will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) may be made in Gris’s name to the Air Force Aid Society (https://www.afas.org/memorials)

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Larry Huggins

June 30, 2015

Godspeed my friend. Until we can fly together again.

Joe Nevers

June 7, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Brian Danielson

June 5, 2015

God Bless, Sir. You and those you served with will always be among my personal heroes. Hoped to carry on your legacy in my service, and it was special to get to do so with your son. You raised a good one.

Wanda Grischkowsky

June 5, 2015

Uncle Edgar, I will never forget your kind words and warm welcome you gave the first time we met. I will miss the "check-in" phone calls and all the love you gave me.

You will be in my heart forever.

RALPH MELANCON

June 5, 2015

As young lieutenants at Hamilton AFB, Gris and I flew many times in our supersonic fighters. During our tour we served under 3 Squadron Commanders. Also during these early years of our careers, Gris, myself and our fellow pilots experienced the the ultimate highs and lows of a fighter pilot. Our beloved Commander Lt Col Ray Evans was buried March 8, 1958 after crashing into San Pablo Bay. The highs were as being a jet jockey in the first Squadron to receive the Starfighter , we were the envy of every pilot in the free world. Being strapped to the highest and fastest fighter jet was an experience that most civilian and military pilots only dream about even today. Gris and I lost contact in 1960 when I separated from the Air Force to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. However during these past 55 years I have probably seen his image more than any other person other than his immediate family. In my office is a picture of him and I at Friday night beer call in the Fighter Room. I have 3 more pictures of friends I flew with but sadly they too are deceased. Gris, when we meet again, our flying together will continue. Only this time, we will have our own wings and be able to fly higher, faster and never have to refuel. Tuck It In, Check 6, Break Left. Your Buddy Spike. Capt. Ralph (Spike) Melancon USAF/Delta Air Lines

June 5, 2015

Dear Gris,
You served your country honorably for so many years and your neighborhood as well. We are so fortunate to have had you as our dear neighbor and friend and we shall miss you terribly. God bless.
Our deepest sympathy to Wilma and family.
Beverly and Joel Seffel

June 5, 2015

My sincere condolences in the loss of your beloved.
"The span of our life is 70 years,
Or 80 if one is especially strong."
~ Ps 90:10
However, God promises more - living forever here on earth. ~Ps 37:29

Shandra McDowell

June 5, 2015

Mr Gris-- You were like my second daddy growing up. Not only were you the first one to give a klutzy 13 year old a chance at her first job, you guided us and steered us in the right direction to be successful. We will all miss you here, but know you are in a much better place. Say hello to my momma for me. xoxo

June 4, 2015

Gris my friend. You have slipped the surly bounds of earth and are now touching the face of God.. Till we meet again in Heaven...Miguel.

Denise Zuniga

June 4, 2015

Poppa Gris, it was always a joy and pleasure to be around you! You always kept us laughing! I hope you didn't scare the gatekeepers too badly trying to land in your jet!

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