Dana F. Healey
Dana “Dan” Francis Healey, 87, St. Augustine, Fla., formerly of Needmore, died Sunday, January 24, 2010, at his home.
He was born in Ashland, N.H., the son of Katherine and James Healey.
He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 53 years, Dana Jean “Dee” and his children: Patricia Moore, Overton, Texas; Pamela Harding, Milford, Conn.; Dana F. Healey Jr., St. Augustine; and Jillana Eadie, Fredericksburg, Va.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Grant.
He was the eldest of 15 children and is survived by four brothers: David, Carl, Roy and Gary; and three sisters: Maxine, Joyce and Katherine.
He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps, 364th Fighter Group, stationed in England. He flew 48 missions in the P-51 Mustang, and he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, four air medals, three battle stars and two presidential citations.
After the war, he continued his service in the Connecticut Air National Guard. He flew the P47 in the Air National Guard unti the Korean Conflict. He was reactivated into the Air Force in 1950 and after retraining he was stationed in Japan. He flew the F- 80 and was assigned to patrolling the Sea of Japan. In 1951, he was trained in the F-84 and completed his active service in January 1953. He conitnued in the Air National Guard flying the F-94, F-86 and the F-100. He retired from the Air National Guard in 1962 after 20 years of service.
He was hired by American Airlines as a pilot in April 1953. He flew both prop and jet aircraft and qualifid as captain on the B-707 in 1965. He retired from American in 1982 after 29 years and accumulated more than 30,000 flight hours.
After retirement, he fulfilled his dream of building a farm in Pennsylvania with his own landing strip for his airplane. He lived in Pennsylvania until his move to St. Augustine in 1996. He had multiple interests, including flying, golf, tennis and fishing. He was a member of St. Augustine Sports Club, the Quiet Birdmen, the 364th Fighter Group Association and the American Airlines Grey Eagles.
Memorial services were held Friday, Januray 29, at Craig Funeral Home in St. Augustine at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Lon Chenowith officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, PO Box 9010, St. Augustine, FL 32085 and St. Francis House, PO Box 1775, St. Augustine, FL 32085.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park was in charge of arrangements.