Kenneth W Yon
December 14, 1928 – November 20, 2013
Kenneth W. Yon, age 84, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 20, at his home in DeBary. Kenneth was born on December 14, 1928 to Cecil and Mary Yon in Altoona, Pennsylvania and had an older sister, Janet. Ken attended Penn State University prior to joining the US Air Force, Strategic Air Command, where he served as a pilot during his career including the Korean and Vietnam wars. Ken served in the Air Force for over 23 years from June of 1952 to August of 1974 and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He flew the AT-6 Texan, B-29, B-25, B-47, C-47, and the B-58.
Ken flew 25 combat missions over North Korea in the B-29, and received the Air Medal and the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars. Ken was stationed at Grissom AFB, IN where he flew his favorite plane, the B-58 Hustler, and was the Squadron Commander of the B-58 training unit. He was then promoted to Commander of the Combat Crew Training School. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his missions in the Vietnam War. Ken’s last assignment was at March AFB, CA and was the Air Operations Manager. Ken also received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with 5 OLC, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 OLC, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 OLC, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
After retirement from the Air Force, Ken worked in remodeling and home repairs for 25 years. Ken was well known in DeBary for his kindness to people and animals, his generosity, and his faith. He loved boating, camping, flying, fixing things, and spending time with his family. He cherished his 2 granddaughters, Kelly Megan and Kaitlin Elizabeth Davis. Ken and his daughter Kim went to Washington D.C. in June of 2013 with the Honor Flight of Central Florida. Ken was a long time member and one of the founders of Emmaus Lutheran Church. Ken loved his country, his family, the military, his beloved B-58 Hustler, his dog Barney, and God.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Laura Marilyn Yon, daughter Kimberly (Jeffrey Davis) Yon-Davis, son Nathan (Jo) Yon, sister Janet Finnegan, 2 granddaughters Kelly Megan and Kaitlin Elizabeth Davis, one niece Cynthia Elizabeth Finnegan and 2 nephews Thomas Finnegan III and Peter Finnegan.
A life celebration service will take place on Monday November 25, 2013 at the Lutheran Church of The Providence in Deltona at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Florida Hospital Hospice or Honor Flight of Central Florida.
Arrangements entrusted to Deltona Memorial Funeral Home 1295 Saxon Blvd Orange City 386-775-4260.
- Gathering of Friends Monday, November 25, 2013
- Memorial Service Monday, November 25, 2013
- Full Military Honors Monday, November 25, 2013
Kenneth W Yon
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April 13, 2015
We miss you very much all the good times we all had on our fun vacations together. Know that you are in our hearts and thoughts.
May God be will you.
Eileen & Tom Mills
April 13, 2015
You will always be in our hearts and thought
We miss you
With all our love
Eileen and Tom mills
January 5, 2014
My brother Ken was a very special person. He was a good son to our parents, a good Dad to Kim and Nathan, a good Grandpa to Kelly and Kaitlin, a good husband to Marilyn, and a good uncle to his nephews, niece, and great nephews. When Ken was growing up he had all kinds of planes hanging from the ceiling in his room. He was born to be a pilot. During the Depression things were very rough, and we shared one bicycle. I was the older sister, and we used to play school and he would be my student. He would recite Psalms 23 for me. Uncle Clem moved in with us during the Depression, and Ken was very close to him and thought of him as a father. Ken played the Baritone horn in the high school band, and he loved to hike in the woods with his best friend Sonny who grew up to be a priest. After dinner, all the neighbor kids would go outside to play games when we were growing up. Ken broke his leg in his senior year in high school and went to the prom and graduation on crutches. When Ken left to attend Penn State, he bought a grey car with red spoked wheels and would come to visit on the weekends. Ken was a very good dancer and used to dance in contests with his high school girlfriend to the Big Band music. He loved being a pilot in the Air Force flying his B-58 Hustler. Ken loved his family, his country, and God. My younger brother was a kind, loyal, and generous man. He always tried to help people. I loved him very dearly and I will miss him so much. Ken, thank you for being such a wonderful brother to me. Love always, Janet.
January 5, 2014
Flying, Laughing, Giving
To be remembered always
January 2, 2014
I feel truly blessed to have had such an amazing and inspirational person as my grandfather. I learned many great things from you. Some of my favorite memories are of spending weekends camping in cabins at Lake Pippin. You taught me that I can do anything. Not only were you a hero to our country, but you are and will always be my hero. I love and miss you.
December 25, 2013
Dad, you gave me so many gifts in life while I was growing up and as an adult. You were the best Dad I could have hoped for, and because of you I am a better person. You always told me I could accomplish anything I wanted to do in life, and I have lived my life doing just that. It was an honor to be there for you like you were always there for me. Thank you for always believing in me and for your unconditional love. I miss you, but I am comforted by the memories I will always have of our time together and know that you are watching over me.
Love you Dad.
December 24, 2013
I couldn't have asked for a better grandpa. You were always around when I was younger, assisting me in whatever adventure I had concocted up for the day, and you always had a great sense of humor. I'll miss you, Grandpa.
November 30, 2013
Marilyn...Sorry to read of the loss of your husband...viewed the slide file...very impressed with his devotion to his family and his country...best wishes to you and your family...Colson
November 25, 2013
We will certainly miss the wonderful friend and neighbor that first introduced us to our little Bonita Road home 2 years ago. He told us so many stories about the neighborhood from years ago to the present. We loved sitting on the porch with Ken and Marilyn and sharing cheese, crackers & wine! Please give our love to your Mom. God Bless. Kathy & Scotty
November 24, 2013
Elaine and I had many great visits with Ken and will miss seeing him sitting out front smiling and waving at everyone passing by.
November 22, 2013
Kim: We sure enjoyed our visit with your parents last year. Ken was a great American.
Earl & Dottie Barlow