|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1931|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 2012|
STATESBORO, Ga. - Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Dannacher, USAF (retired), age 80, died on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. He was born on June 4, 1931, in Owensboro, Ky. He was the son of the late William F. and Anna O. Dannacher. Robert has been a resident of Statesboro, Ga., where he was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and a former parish council member since 1972.
Lt. Col. Dannacher retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1975 after 24 years of service. He was a distinguished aviation cadet graduate, offered a regular commission. He served with the 407th refueling squadron KB-29 and the 17th Bomb Wing (B-52s), amassing 7000 flying hours. Robert accomplished 50 Chrome Dome missions (air borne alerts) over the North Pole and Europe.
He served in the 17th Bomb Wing after flying duty as unit missile officer, current operations officer and in combat operations as emergency war operations briefing officer, briefing alert crews on their assigned targets. Air Force bases included Malmstrom AFB, Montana Mather AFB and Castle AFB, California; B52 squadron, Altus AFB, Oklahoma; Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio,17th Bomb Wing 1960-1967, assigned to CEG Barksdale AFB to Detachment 6, Bay Shore, Michigan, as operations officer. This was the start of three combat sky spot tours in Vietnam, first as operations officer, the last two as a commander at Plieku, Binh Thuy and Hue Phu Bai. He was assigned as commander in March 1972 in Statesboro to Detachment 6, retiring in 1975.
Lt. Col. Dannacher's medals and awards include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation, AF Outstanding Award with V and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, AF Longevity Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Lt. Col. Dannacher was a graduate of St. Bernard Jr. College, Cullman, Alabama, with an Associate in Chemistry. He received a BS in Education and an MS in Education from Georgia Southern University. He attended University of Georgia, working to complete a doctorate in Education. He taught at Effingham High School for 16 years as department head of Social Studies.
Lt. Col. Dannacher has been a member of the St. Matthew Parish Council, Lecture for 20 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Kiwanis Club for over 40 years, receiving the George F. Hixson Service Award in 2002. He was a past president of Kappa Delta Pi (educational society), the Star Teacher Award in 1997 and life member of the Military Officers Association, and a member of the American Legion Post 90, Statesboro, Ga.
Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Margaret Ann Hudson Dannacher; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah D. and Marquard Y. Lett of Hackettstown, N.J., and Judith D. and Robert B. Kidd, M.D., of Ponchatoula, La.; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert W. and Joanne Dannacher of Statesboro; six grandchildren, Lyndsay Riley, Lauren Peters (Aaron), Sydney Lett, Leanne Nicole Dannacher, Jessica Kidd and Robert Joseph Kidd; a sister, Betty Seay of Bardstown, Ky.; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Hugh McClendon of Birmingham, Ala.
His favorite hobbies were tennis, working out, travel, military history, gardening, Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus functions and he loved to dance with his wife, Margaret.
Visitation will be Friday, March 16th, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home. A Rosary Service will be at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 17th, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Father Brett Brannen officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, will be in the Eastside Cemetery.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He was the most dedicated and loving of men to his wife, Margaret, and family.
Statesboro Herald from March 16 to March 23, 2012
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Record added: Mar 16, 2012
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