Joseph Stanley Von Rembow

February 18, 1931December 28, 2020

Retired Chief Master Sergeant Joseph Stanley Von Rembow, 89, passed on Monday, December 28, 2020. He was born on February 18, 1931 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Nellie Von Rembow, two brothers Vince and Jack and mother to his children, Yukie. Joe enlisted in the Army Air Core in 1946 at the age of 15, which became the Air Force in 1947. He excelled as an aircraft maintainer, specializing in the P51 aircraft. His distinguished career began in June 1950 in Korea under the command of Colonel Dean Hess. Joe volunteered under hazardous duties to become a member of the first United Nations Air Unit in Korea, a provisional unit identified as project “Bout One”. He was awarded a Letter of Commendation. Colonel Hess’s autobiography is featured in a 1957 movie, Battle Hymn, starring Rock Hudson. It is the story of Colonel Hess and his mission to save thousands of Korean War orphans. Joe was very instrumental in that effort and it was a high point in his career. Air Magazine featured Colonel Dean Hess’s story and Joe’s contribution. Joe painted the UN emblem on Dean Hess’s helmet, which is pictured in the magazine and is part of the Hess exhibit in the Korean War Wing of the Air Force Museum. In making the movie, Rock Hudson wears Dean Hess’s helmet.

He loved his country and served with honor and great integrity, retiring after 30 years, with duty in Korea, Japan, England and Vietnam. He also retired from Civil Service at Tinker AFB after 17 years. After retiring from his civilian career, he was very actively involved with DAV local chapter 39. He was completely devoted to veterans affairs and helped many with their benefits. He was recognized with Veteran of Week at the Oklahoma Legislature in April 2018. While serving in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from President Nixon for his honorable service to our country. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Oklahoma county Sheriff volunteer, Ombudsman, and RAO Tinker volunteer.

He was honored among the last few WW II vets, to be on the last Honor Flight in Oklahoma to Washington DC in 2016. Joe had a very illustrious military career, member of the Greatest Generation. He was a man of great integrity, humble, believed in hard work, strong willed and did exactly as he said. He never felt entitled to anything, gave much of himself and lived a full life.

Joe loved his family and was affectionately called Papa Joe by his step-grandchildren. His love and commitment for his country was passed onto his grandson, Major Ryan Von Rembow. He cherished mentoring him and was so proud, he is his legacy. Besides looking alike, Joe saw himself in Major Ryan.

Joe will be forever loved and respected by those who knew him. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Chanchaleune, two daughters, Yoko Chatagnier and Nellie Willis/spouse Ernie, two sons, Steve Von Rembow and Joseph Von Rembow/spouse Linda, sister/Nevada, and sister-in-law/Wyoming. He is survived by six grandchildren who are Darlene Chatagnier, Jennifer Frazier, Angela Willis, Leela Farr, Major Ryan Von Rembow and Toby Von Rembow. His three great grandchildren are Haley Willis, Ava Frazier, and Phoebe Von Rembow. He is survived by two step-daughters and their families Jennifer Ly and spouse Alfred Ly and their son and daughter Taylin, Noah and Masyn and Bea Tran and spouse Joseph Tran and their daughters, Avery, Evynn, and Addy. Skipper, his therapy companion, had a special place in his heart.

A memorial service honoring Joe's life will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home Chapel with inurnment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens in Midwest City.


  • Major Ryan Von Rembow, Honorary Pallbearer


22 January

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home


8805 NE 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73141


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021


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Richard Marsack

January 22, 2021

I met Joe while volunteering at the DAV. It was the first time I had worked with the organization and wasn’t sure if I would do more. Joe was one of the reasons I decided to continue my time with them. Over the years I spent there he was always a positive influence, good council and reliable friend. Thank you Joe for all that you did for me and many others. You will be missed.

Richard Marsack

Lorraine Caddy

January 18, 2021

I am also a retired Air Force CMSgt and knew Joe very well. I run the Retiree Program at Tinker AFB and Joe worked in my office as a volunteer for several years. He was a wonderful man surely will be missed by all of us in the RAO and all his friends there. Please extend our deepest sympathy to his family. Due to the COVID situation I'm afraid many of us will not be in attendance in person but our hearts and love will surely be with Joe and his family. God Bless, CMSgt (Ret) Lorraine Caddy, RAO Director, 72ABW/CVR

David Frantz

January 18, 2021

Chief Joe,

You will be missed by all whose life you touched.

The American Legion Oklahoma Clarence L. Tinker Post 170 sends condolences and sympathies to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. You are missed.

Dave Frantz, Post Chaplain