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Old 04-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #11  
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Very sad.... He was stationed at Laughlin or had taught there before?
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:39 PM   #12  
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I flew one of my two T-6 low levels with him not even 8 months ago. Great IP.... clear skies and tailwinds.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:46 PM   #13  
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RIP, your signal is charlie, clear skies..........
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:03 PM   #14  
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What a damned shame.

Hug your family.

Blue skies, brother!
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:25 PM   #15  
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I have not met a better man nor a better pilot. He taught me me to fly the T34 when I was becoming an instructor pilot (IP) with the VT27 Boomers. We have the watch.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #16  
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A fund has been established for family expenses and Zack Koontz at The Bank & Trust, PO Box 385, Brackettville, TX, 78832. Please make checks out to the Bank & Trust Koontz Memorial Fund. Specify account #3540332 in the memo line. Thank you...
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #17  
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Good dude, awesome family man. Subject on this forum a bit cryptic.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:48 PM   #18  
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Originally Posted by Pyro View Post
Subject on this forum a bit cryptic.

Mods: Request you change the name of this thread to "Ken Koontz family memorial" or the like.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:01 PM   #19  
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Greetings to you all...

I recently retired from the Active Duty Air Force as a T-6 Instructor Pilot at Laughlin AFB, TX. In that place, it was my honor to serve with Lt Col Ken Koontz, who was a T-6 IP in our reserve squadron, the 96th Flying Training Squadron. As a pilot, instructor, and officer, Ken was one of the best I have ever known. He was always calm and affable...I never knew him to have a bad day or a harsh word for anyone. As a man, husband and father, he was absolutely without equal. My wife was good friends with Melissa, and my children had played with theirs. If you painted a picture postcard of the ideal family, they would look like the Koontz'.

Like all who knew them, we are deeply saddened by the loss of four incredible people who made or would make in the future the world around us better for their being a part of it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their surviving son, a young man who will have to grow up all to early and face the rest of his life without the love and laughter of his family around him.

To the Boomers and the Jackrabbits, our deepest condolences.

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:29 PM   #20  
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Family reception 3-5pm Bracketville TX civic center Sunday. Funeral for Jughead and victims on Monday 10am same location. Please pm me if you have any questions.
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