The Thomas Radley Jr., Mission is a “Stand Down”.
It will be rescheduled at a later date.
Please Stay Home and Warm.
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
US AIR FORCE RETIRED VETERAN
The family of Mr. Thomas Radley Jr, a US Air Force (Ret.) Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.
Thomas Radley, Jr. USAF Master Sergeant Retired 3/1/31 – 1/3/21.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, his family moved to Santa Barbara, California in the mid 1940’s. Tom graduated from high school, and in 1951 enlisted in the United States Air Force and became a jet engine mechanic. His expertise was Thrust Reversals, “getting the birds to stop”. He received Top Secret EBI Presidential Clearance and was assigned to Air Force One. He served in this capacity under Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He retired as an E-7 after 20 yrs. of service and returned to his same capacity as Air Force One jet engine mechanic in the Civil Service for another 10 years.
In the early 1970’s, Tom spent a year during the Vietnam War on an unnamed air base in Southeast Asia. He maintained the aircraft and painted them with anti-radar paint. This paint, along with the Agent-Orange sprayed throughout the area, contributed to his later medical diagnosis of Vascular Dementia.
Tom and his wife Fran, attended their first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous on the same day, September 11, 1972. They attended meetings in Clinton, Maryland and the Washington D.C. area until moving to San Antonio, Texas in the 1980’s. Colonies North became their home group where they shared their experience, strength and hope with the AA community. Tom celebrated 48 years of continuous sobriety.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Frances Schumacher Radley in 2012. He is survived by his relatives: brother-in-law William Schumacher of Cheney, Washington; sister-in-law Ann Harker of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sister-in-law Dorthey Mostyka of Spokane Valley, Washington; and cousin Kathleen Tingle of Santa Barbara, California. He is also survived by devoted friends: Barbara and Tom Holstlaw, his guardians in his final years; Giovanna DiZurita, his longtime caregiver; Matt Mullin, his trusted driver; and Michael and Heather Popp and family, his loving neighbors.
A very special thank you to Cornelia O’Brian, owner and caregiver at Serendipity Residential Care Home. Cornelia’s expertise, compassion, and love for Tom during the past three years far exceeded expectations.
WEATHER: Hi 49 / Lo 25, 0% Chance of Rain, 79% Humidity, Wind: 11 mph NNW
REQUESTOR: Tim Puchner, Family SPOX
STAGING: 8:00 am, Thursday, February 18, 2021
Mission Park Funeral Chapels (North)
3401 Cherry Ridge Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78230
BRIEFING: 8:15 am
HONOR LINE: 8:30 am
KSU: 8:45 am (Semper Gumby)
THIS IS A MOTORCYCLE ESCORT ONLY. NO CAGES PLEASE
INTERMENT: 9:15 am – Shelter #2
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209
**THE CAGES WILL MEET AT THE SHELTER IN FT. SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY **
RC: Kurt “Goose” Goslin
FC: Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener
** EVERYONE MUST WEAR FACE COVERING AT THE FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY **