LOCHNER, COL. CARL H. JR. (US AF RET.), passed December 22, 2010, Decatur, IL.
He was previously of Louisville and Danville, KY. Born May 12, 1918, Louisville to Carl Herman and Eugenia O. Landrum Lochner, he was a seventh generation Kentuckian. He married Nell Ruth Ploch on December 22, 1942 in Louisville. He graduated in 1936 from Male High School, Louisville and from the University of Pittsburgh (PA) in 1958.
He enlisted in US Army Air Corps. during World War II, and served during the Korean, Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnamese conflicts. He was cited for meritorious service from November 1958 to April 1961 when he was chief of the personnel development division at Headquarters Eighth Air Force, Holyoke, MA.
After World War II, while serving in US Air Force Reserves, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Kentucky Air National Guard, where he served until called to return to active duty during the Korean conflict. He retired on January 1, 1966 from Strategic Air Command, Omaha, NE, after 20 years active duty with USAF. He served as director of Civil Defense for Louisville and Jefferson County under Mayor Marlowe Cook, 1966-1967. He began AFJrROTC at Danville High School, Danville, KY in 1967, retired 1976. He served many years as liaison officer for Kentucky for the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, helping many young men throughout Kentucky (to be admitted). He was an active member of the Retired Officers Association of Kentucky from 1977-2003, a life-time member of Abraham Lodge #8, F&AM, 32-degree member of Scottish Rite and member of numerous Shrine Temples, the most recent being Kosair, Louisville. He began several Sojourners clubs overseas and in the US and started the International Order of Rainbow for Girls in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada, for which he received the Grand Cross of Colors.
He was a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International since 1963, serving as international president in 1980, was active in the Nebraska and Kentucky Units (president of Kentucky), as well as serving as Region 5 president. He led many caravans in Kentucky, the U.S., New Zealand and South Africa.
He was a long-time member of Summit Heights United Methodist Church and senior group (Louisville) where he served as a volunteer on many projects and a was a member of Centenary United Methodist, Danville, KY, Adair County General, Adair County KY, Certificate of Appreciation, Distributive Education Clubs of America by DECA Kentucky Kentucky Star Teacher Award, member of Danville Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, colonel, aide de camp, Governor's Staff, The State of Tennessee and an honorary citizen of the City of New Orleans (LA).
He was preceded in death by his mother; father; wife; and sister, Eugenia Lochner Miller.
He is survived by a brother, Theron Lochner of Sunnyside, WA; daughters, Carla A. Lochner of La Grange, KY and Laura J. (Russell) Reimer of Decatur, IL; granddaughters, Rachel M. (Zack) Maxwell and Sarah A. (Daniel) Velasquez, both of Illinois.
Graveside service is in Cave Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. Arrangements by Highlands Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Louisville Zoo or the Alzheimer's Association (National Office, 225 N Michigan AV Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601 or www.alz.org)