Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kelso Scudder, USAF Retired, died March 11, 2011 at Air Force Village West in Riverside, CA at the age of 92. He was born in Salt Lake City, UT on September 29, 1918.
Early in his career he worked as a graphic artist for ZCMI Department Store in Salt Lake before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. As a pilot he served with the 500th Bomb Squadron in New Guinea during WWII. He flew C-54’s for the Berlin Airlift. After the war he was assigned to the North American Production Company as a test pilot for the F-86.
During his 28 year career he piloted numerous aircraft. Col. Scudder served as a Maintenance Officer for SAC and worked in the Minuteman Missile Program. During the Vietnam War flew Caribou’s. Colonel Scudder was a named, life member of the Order of Daedalians, the Retired Officers Association, and Military, 98th bomb Group Veterans Association, F-86 Sabre Pilots Association, life member of MOAA, and a past member of the Lions Club.
Colonel Scudder was the recipient of numerous military medals, including the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, and the Bronze Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. Along with a witty sense of humor, Colonel Scudder had many hobbies and interests. He was an accomplished artist, author, loved animals, and an active member in the Humane Society of the US and the Boy Scouts of America. Was an avid stamp collector, a concerned environmentalist and member of the Sierra Club. He loved snow skiing, golfing and enjoyed working on automobiles for most of his life. Colonel
Scudder is survived by his wife, Doris (Dory) Scudder; two sons, Steve and wife Sharon, Bill and wife Debby; a daughter, Barbara R. Scudder; a nephew, James Barrow (Colonel USAF Retired) and niece, Debbie Hartman. He had five grandchildren, Tisha, Emilee, Randy, Paul and Danielle Scudder; five great-grandchildren, Molly and Max Scudder, Caroline and Reed Whatcott and Kelty Kulin.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, William A. and Edith K. Scudder and his first wife, Edith Williams Scudder, daughter of Paul L. Williams, Major General, USAF.
Family and friends may gather at 11:30am for a full military honors burial on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA. A reception will follow at March Field Air Museum. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Humane Society or your favorite charity in his honor. A family celebration of his life will be held at Air Force Village West in July.
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Friday, March 18, 2011
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