James Edward Fausz, 82, of Pensacola, FL, and with family in Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Pensacola.
Mr. Fausz joined the military in 1957, retiring in 1978, as a LCDR. He spent the first six years as an unlisted service member, followed by attending Officer Candidate School (OCS), receiving his commission. He then attended flight school training to earn his wings flying the Skyraiders. He served four tours in Vietnam, two as a sailor and two tours as an aviator. His last duty station was NAS Pensacola, serving as the flight deck officer on the USS Lexington. He was also a Warbird Museum director in Mesa, AZ, and then at Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, TX.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1939, in Fort Wayne, to Walter and Letha Mae Fausz. He was married to Ann S. Fausz for 45 years. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Lori (Gary) Gilmore and Cindy (Doug) Beard; a stepson, O. Glynn Rocka; a brother, William (Karen) Fausz; a sister, Norma (Gary) Bennett, of Huntington; two granddaughters, Ashleigh (Jeremy) Jones, and Katie (Jordan) Leslie; and five great-grandchildren.
Calling will take place on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola, FL. A funeral service will immediately follow the calling with Rev. John Webb officiating.
Interment will be at Bayview Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.
Condolences may be made at fcfhs.com.