Gene C Lemmon

Posted By: Deb Barker
Date: 5/22/2007

Lemmon Gene C

Gene Charles Lemmon was born July 3, 1925 at Pulaski Davis County Iowa. The son of Earl Earsk Lemmon and Minnie Bessy Miller. At age 5 he moved with his family to Shenandoah, Page County Iowa. Following high school graduation in 1943 he entered the US Army air Corps pilot training program and at the age of 19 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant with pilots wings on June 27, 1945. During his 10 years of military service, he served as: Air Rescue Pilot at Hickman Air Force Base Hawaii; flight test photo chase pilot and motion picture Project Officer, technical photographic division, Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio: and AFFTC photographic operations officer Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was a certified pilot and the following aircraft AT –6C,C– 45,B –17 G and H, B– 25G, H and J, L– 1, L– 5 A, 0A – 10A, (PBY 5A), PT -17, PT 19, P–47N and P- 51H.
He retired medically as a captain on the October 31, 1953.

On November 22, 1945 Gene married Joyce O Hoffmeister San Antonio, Texas and they have two children: Vance P Lemmon, Ph.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, Lois Pope Pain center, University of Miami medical school, Miami, Florida; married to Sandra Katz- Lemmon Ph.D. and Madelyn Topman, department chair, fashion Institute of design and merchandising, Los Angeles, California; married to David R Tobman. There are four grandchildren; Kimberly Tobeman, Brandon Tobman, Marcus Lemmon and Eric Lemmon. Gene retired to Edwards Air Force Base, California as a civilian in August 1956 and served in the following positions; chief, motion picture production unit; chief, scientific and technical information branch; and chief, photographic and television branch. He retired as a GS – 14 on December 31, 1975.

He was a graduate of the US Army signal Corps’s motion picture school and received a BA degree in cinema and University of Southern California Los Angeles, California, as well as an MS degree in Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnick Institute Troy ,New York through a USAF civilian executive fellowship.

He served as a member of the Lancaster school board (1968 through 1973); member of the Los Angeles County Hospital commission (1976 to 1981); adjunct professor of cinema at Antelope Valley community college (1978 – 1985); a life member of the Daedalians – the military pilots paternity: served two terms as president of the Western P– 47 pilot society (1992 – 1993); and served as a Genealogist of the Sons of the Revolution in the Sate of California. (1989-1995). He was a Unitarian and a member of the Democratic Party. Gene became a member of the Lancaster Elks Lodge in 1966.

Gene married Betty Lou Robertson of Hemet, CA on October 6, 1990. She has 2 sons, Robert Crafts and Stephen Crafts (deceased) and one grandson, Thomas Crafts (wife Jada).

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