James A. Pyke Jr.
Lt. Colonel U.S. Air
1933 – Feb. 11, 2017
James A. Pyke Jr., 83,
passed away on February 11, 2017, after courageously battling a lengthy
illness. He is survived by his sons James A. Pyke III and Mark
W. Pyke. Daughter-in-laws Nancy Pyke and Lesa Pyke. Grandsons Conor Pyke,
Chase Pyke, Jake Pyke, Elijah Pyke and granddaughter Ellie Pyke. His sister
Eileen Phillips. Daughter-in-laws Karen Gollihur, Linda Brocklehurst, Susan
and husband Johnny Peralta, and son-in-law Mike and wife Kim Brocklehurst.
He also leaves behind all those he has served with who have contributed to
his rich and rewarding life. He was preceded in death by his wife
the good fight and was a fearless patriot from the old school. A warrior and
a survivor, he cared deeply about his family and country. He was born in New
York City on November 8, 1933. The son of the late James and Rita (Barrett)
Pyke, Sr. Educated at Xavier High School in New York City and Georgetown
University in Washington D.C., graduating in 1955. Later that year, he was
commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force and served as an
officer and pilot for 28 years. Some of his duty stations included Takhli
AFB, Thailand during the Vietnam War, the 1st ACCS at Andrews AFB and the
55th SRW in the Strategic Air Command, at Offutt AFB. Among the aircraft he
piloted were the E-4B (Boeing 747), part of the Advanced Airborne Command
Post, and the Boeing KC-135, an aerial refueling aircraft. His awards
include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, the
Vietnam Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation Award. He retired
from the Air Force in 1983. In retirement he and his wife, B.J., made
Cheyenne their home.
The family would like to thank the wonderful ICU staff of the Denver Health
Medical Center for their gentleness and care they provided in his last days.
A visitation will be Friday, February 17th, from 4 pm – 8 pm at the
Wiederspahn-Radomsky Funeral Home, 1900 E. 19th St. in Cheyenne, WY.
Jim will be laid to rest beside his wife B.J. at Sunset Memorial Park in
Albuquerque, NM, on Sunday, February 19th.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a
501C charitable organization dedicated to giving back to seniors and
veterans living in long-term care communities, are suggested by his family.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 8:26 AM, James Porter <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Jim,I received word that Lt Col Jim (P-1 Heavy) Pyke passed away in Wyoming
after an extended period of poor health. He flew tankers and became
instrumental in development and operation of the E-4 A and
E-4B aircraft. Jim retired in 1983 while assigned to Headquarters SAC.
The only information I have is an obituary from the funeral home. ...
... would like to make sure the community knows of his passing.