Lt. Col. Herbert M. Bomhoff, USAF (Ret.), a resident of Colorado Springs from 1974 to 1979 and since 1984, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He retired after serving his country for more than 22 years in the United States Air Force. Herbert Merritt Bomhoff was born on August 15, 1940, in Miller, South Dakota, to the late Rev. Merritt L. and Ruth (Ide) Bomhoff. He was a 1958 graduate of Flanagan High School (Illinois) and a 1962 graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
He entered the Air Force in 1962 and served throughout the Asia Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East as an air defense and air command and control officer. He served three tours in Viet Nam, flew 224 combat missions in the EC-121D Super Constellation radar plane over the Gulf of Tonkin, northern Laos and Cambodia and flew in support of the raid on the Son Tay prison to free the POW's. He was awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for directing the rescue of a pilot downed over North Vietnam. He was the air defense advisor to the Royal Saudi Air Force in the early 70's, served on the NORAD Staff and had two tours in Germany. His awards included: Bronze Star, Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and Vietnamese Campaign Medal with 18 service stars.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1984, he commenced work as a defense contractor. He retired from Technical Studies and Analysis Corporation as Vice President of Operations in 2003.
Herb married Patsy Sue Wyse in Colorado Springs, on June 26, 1976. He was the primary caregiver for Patsy who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by his wife Patsy, of Colorado Springs; daughter Christina Apostoli of Aurora, CO; daughter Gina (husband Kevin) McAllister of Highlands Ranch; grand daughters Madelynn and Courtney McAllister; sister Beverly of Boulder; brother John of Phoenix, AZ and nephew Matt of Tucson, AZ. Herb enjoyed the Broncos, Rockies, fishing, gardening, classical music, reading and crossword puzzles. He was a member of the Son Tay Raiders Assn. Herb will be best remembered for his keen wit and his wonderful sense of humor. He was dedicated to his family, a loving husband, a selfless father and loving grandfather.
Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3rd, at Swan-Law Funeral Directors - 501 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4th, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Ave, Colorado Springs followed by a graveside internment at Evergreen Cemetery with military honors. A reception for friends and family will be hosted in his honor.
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