John R. Condon II

Thursday, July 24, 2014

John R. Condon, 60, Greencastle, Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force (retired) died Monday, July 21, 2014.

John was born Dec. 25, 1953 in Indianapolis, oldest son of 10 children born to John R and Rose Ellen (Lowe) Condon, both deceased.

In 1972 he married Ronda L Christy, and she survives.

He was a 1971 graduate of Cardinal Ritter High School, Indianapolis, and holds B.S. degrees in social sciences and criminal justice, Troy University,1979, and an MA in public administration, Webster University, 1982.

In January 1972 he joined the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed a challenging and distinguished 28-year career, retiring in 2000.

During his career he held many positions, including commander of the USAF Weapons School, squadron commander, staff officer-inspector general at Langley AFB, and ops officer, RAF Alconbury, England.

He earned many awards and medals, including the AF Achievement Medal, AF Commendation Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal to name a few.

He served three deployments to Kuwait for Desert Watch, and later served in Saudi Arabia for Desert Storm.

Basically John was a fighter pilot who loved every minute he flew the A10 "warthog."

After retiring from the Air Force he joined the team of pilots at FedEx, retiring in 2012.

He had many interests and hobbies, including photography and woodworking, and was an avid, lifelong race fan, seldom missing the Indy 500.

John was very patriotic, loved his country, lived to the fullest and treasured his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife, Ronda, and two sons, John R. III (Angie), Greencastle, and Daniel (Katherine), Reno, Nev.; five grandchildren, Evan, Josiah, Luke, Delia and Lucky; sisters Fran Simmerman (Rick), Danville, and Lois Gallagher-Ball (Gary), Rockville, and Beth Haver, Plainfield; brothers Ray, Mike (Sharri) and Sean, Danville, Bob, Plainfield, Mark, Indianapolis, and Philip (Heather), Sparks, Nev.; and numerous nieces, nephews and aunts and cousins.

Calling will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 25 with service and burial at Floral Park to follow.

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