|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1915|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 2010|
William "Keith" Kincaid, age 94, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, March 8, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif. A retired US Air Force colonel, he served our country with honor for more than 27 years.
He was born in 1915 in Middleport, the son of John William, a New York Central Railroad Yardmaster, and, Cecil, a homemaker. Flying fascinated him and, at the age of 12, he helped a local barnstormer restore a Curtiss "Jenny." He then tried to build his own airplane, which crashed on its first takeoff, without injuring him, fortunately.
Keith was always an avid reader and an outstanding student who was appointed to attend the US Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in 1938, he entered the Army Air Corps Basic and then Advanced Flying schools, fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot. During World War II, he helped establish flying schools for the Air Corps during the early years of the war and then served as Wing Commander in Italy, leading hundreds of B-17 bombers on missions over Germany.
Col. Kincaid then served at various locations and levels of responsibility while continuing his education and helping shape the mission of the newly formed United States Air Force. He served as the Naha, Okinawa, Air Base and Wing Commander of two fighter squadrons during the Korean War. He served as the Commander of the Naha, Okinawa, Air Base and the Wing Commander of its two fighter squadrons during the Korean War.
After serving as the Commander of the Command Control Defense Division in Boston, Col. Kincaid was the Wing Commander of the Satellite Test Wing, Space Systems Division, in Sunnyvale, Calif. In this role, he was instrumental in helping to establish the US Air Force as the world's premier space force. He retired from the USAF in August of 1965.
During his distinguished and honorable career, Colonel Kincaid had many positions of increasing responsibility: Command Pilot, Air Commander, Research and Development Director, and Organizational Commander. He was awarded the following decorations and citations while in the United States Air Force: Legion of Merit with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
After retirement from the Air Force, Keith continued to work for several years. He was the Manned Orbital Laboratory Operations Director at General Electric Space Systems in Valley Forge, Pa. and the Director of a planning and investment department at a large bank in Philadelphia, Pa. Upon his full retirement in 1973, he and his loving wife of 70 years, Marjorie, chose to live in California. He has truly appreciated life and lived every day to its fullest, enjoying his family, his passion for golf, a love of fine dining, traveling, reading and investing.
Interment will take place at Riverview Cemetery, Middleport, on March 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. William Keith is survived by his wife, and his sons, William K. Kincaid Jr., and Thomas R. Kincaid; his brother, John P. Kincaid; his sister, Pauley Anne Beaver; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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