OBITUARY: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Claude James Staylor III, 75, Passed Away June 3

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was fighter pilot in Vietnam, flew over 350 missions earning Distinguished Flying Cross twice

Claude “Jim” James Staylor III, passed away on June 3, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He passed away in Colorado Springs, CO with his loving and dedicated daughter by his side.

Claude “Jim” James Staylor III, passed away on June 3, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He passed away in Colorado Springs, CO with his loving and dedicated daughter by his side.

Jim was born on August 31, 1944, in Norfolk, VA to Mary Lee and Claude Staylor II. He is survived by his daughter, Kristie Miller, son-in-law, Jared Miller, grandchildren Taige Miller, and Sierra Miller who now reside in Colorado Springs, CO, and ex-wife Sydney Kramer of Melbourne, FL.

He is preceded in death by his son Kevin Staylor.

Jim was a graduate of Virginia Tech in 1966. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 11 years. He was a fighter pilot in Vietnam who flew over 350 missions.

He was given the Air Medal 17 times and Distinguished Flying Cross twice. He loved his years of service but retired in 1979 as a Colonel of the United States Air Force.

After his retirement, he became a pilot for Federal Express for over 30 years. He loved real estate and owned many commercial properties over the years.

He loved boating, jet-skiing, flying in his ultralight, woodworking, snow skiing, and anything else that drew on his love for adventure.

A memorial service will be held at Satellite Beach United Methodist Church on August 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in the following days.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Michael J Fox Foundations in tribute to Claude Staylor.

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