|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1921|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 2010|
Lynn "Henry" Aldrich passed into the loving arms of his heavenly father on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. He was 89. Lynn was born in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 16, 1921, to Harl and Lucy (Cooley) Aldrich.
He graduated from Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Wash., where he played tennis and basketball, in 1939. He earned his pilot's license at the age of 19 and was a pre-med student at the University of Idaho when WWII broke out.
In July 10, 1942, he joined the Civilian Pilot Training program and became a flight instructor at ThunderBird field #2 in Scottsdale. He was drafted in 1945 and ended up in the Office of Special Investigations where he investigated drug runners in the Philippines, the first UFO report in Phoenix, and did background checks for security clearances. During his Air Force career, he was stationed in Japan, Germany, Minot, N.D., and Las Vegas, Nev., and was the NCO in charge of the ROTC unit at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., in 1965. He then went to work for his brother at Haley & Aldrich in Cambridge, Mass. After retiring from Haley & Aldrich in 1976, he and his wife Kathy moved to Arizona where he began a third career with the Arizona Department of Public Safety traveling the state, collecting crime statistics from police and sheriffs' departments for the FBI. Lynn became involved with the Silent Witness program, becoming treasurer of the local chapter when he moved to Prescott Valley in the 1980. He was a member of Willow Hills First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott, where he was the head usher for many years.
Lynn loved bowling, playing tennis and basketball, chocolate ice cream and cookies.
Lynn is survived by four daughters, Deborah Humphrey (Warren) of Groton, Mass., Linda and Lucy Aldrich and Mary Giles, all of Prescott Valley; his brother Harl (Lois) of Concord, Mass.; grandsons Will and Sam Humphrey and Tom and Rick Giles; granddaughter Linda Leyva (Carlos); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen, and grandson Bob Giles of Phoenix.
Lynn was kind and generous to all who knew him, dearly loved by his many friends and large extended family, and will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, 4203 E. Indian School Road, Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Sunrise Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Please visit www.sunrisefuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook.
Information provided by survivors.
Article in The Daily Courier
Harl Preslar Aldrich (1890 - 1984)
Lucy Matilda Cooley Aldrich (1890 - 1990)
Mary Allen Aldrich Giles (1931 - 2011)*
Clara Elise Aldrich Towner (1916 - 2004)*
Lynn Aldrich (1921 - 2010)
Harl Preslar Aldrich (1923 - 2014)*
Created by: Linking Ancestors
Record added: Nov 16, 2010
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