John “Jack” Halstead was born March 18, 1931, in Longview, Wash. He passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2018, in Augusta, Ga.
Jack grew up in The Dalles, Ore., and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1950. As a freshman in college, he learned he might soon be drafted. He joined the United States Air Force immediately as he had always wanted to be a pilot.
After earning his wings in Greenville, Miss., he flew in the Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 1971. While in the service he was an aircraft commander of a KC-135 (the military’s 707) and flew two six-month missions over Vietnam. He garnered a total of 33,000 hours in the 707 while in the service. Since he was only 40 when he retired, he still wanted to fly; he continued flying 20 more years for charter contracts, including flying a DC-8 for Elvis Presley on tour.
Jack met and married his wife of 60 years, Alma Lee Walden, in February 1958. They moved many times while in the service and again while he flew charters. For the past sixteen years they have been living in Augusta where they moved to be closer to their children.
During his retirement, they enjoyed coming back to the beach in Oregon for family reunions. Jack was an avid clam digger and enjoyed hunting every year in Montana with his family and friends.
On July 16, 2012, Jack received the 50-year acknowledgment from the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Lee; sister, Judy Dosier The Dalles; brother, Jann Halstead Hood River; nieces, Lori Robertson (Mark) Hood River, Denise Harrison (Matt) The Dalles; nephews, John Dosier (Julie) Hood River, and Ed Dosier (Josey) Santa Fe, N.M. and their families.
Jack was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Halstead and his son Roger Halstead. Per Jack’s request, his ashes will be place in a vault at the Belleview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum Chapel in Augusta with those of his daughter and son.
If you would like more information on Jack’s life or the opportunity to post your own memories, please do so on Jack’s Facebook page:https: //www.facebook.com/john.halstead.7587
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