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May 22, 2013

Elden Charles Funk Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, 92; formerly of New Albany

A memorial celebration of the life of Elden Charles Funk, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, 92, formerly of New Albany, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at The Forum, 200 Brookside Dr., Louisville. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. He passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at The Forum in Louisville, surrounded by his loving family.

Colonel Funk was a member of the Greatest Generation. He graduated from pilot training and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1943 and served his country in the United States Air Force with pride and honor until retirement in 1965. He had numerous stateside and overseas assignments including the China, Burma, India Theater during World War II and the European Theater during the Berlin Airlift and again during the Cold War. Other assignments were as advisor to a New Jersey Air National Guard Wing and Commander of an Aeromedical Transport Squadron at Kelly AFB, Texas. During his distinguished career, Colonel Funk was a Command Pilot flying various aircraft, including C-46, C-47, C-82, C-119, C-122, C-123, C-130 and C-131.  He received numerous military awards including the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Medal for Humane Action with Berlin Airlift Device, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Following his Air Force career, he was a corporate pilot for Wayne Supply Company in Louisville. 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Elizabeth Speir Sammons; children, Margaret, Alice and Susan; grandchildren, Sunshine, Adam, Aaron, and Andrea; and two great-grandsons, Peyton and Gavin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Myrtle Hanger Funk, of Jeffersonville; a sister, Millicent Funk Walts; and a great-grandson, James Ryan Johnson.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Forum, Louisville, with the service to follow.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus of Louisville or The American Cancer Society.

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