More detail on this person: Anthony "Tony" Cominos died on Dec. 9, 2014, in Oklahoma City and
was buried with full military honors in Post Cemetery at Fort Sill, OK. He was born May 26, 1927 and
educated in Salinas, to Mitchell N. and Argero A. (Alexandidis) Cominos.
Tony married Cola Jean Coffey on March 14, 1956. She preceded him in death on Dec. 24, 2003. At age 17, he volunteered for service with the Maritime Service (Merchant Marine) during World War II, and served in the Pacific and Atlantic war zones as an able body seaman. Upon his release from the Maritime Service he purchased an Army Air Corps surplus airplane, PT-19, learned to fly and earned his civilian pilot's license.
Lt. Col. Cominos enlisted in the U.S. Army on Nov. 13, 1950. After his training, he was assigned to the Military Police School at Camp Gordon, GA. As an enlisted man he volunteered to attend the Army Cargo Helicopter Pilot's Course at Fort Sill.
He was one of the first Warrant Aviators in the Army and served as a combat Cargo Helicopter Pilot with the 13th Cargo Helicopter Company during the Korean War, and later he served two combat tours, 24 months, as a helicopter and fix wing pilot in Vietnam.
Lt. Col. Cominos retired from the Army with 21 years of service. His military awards and medals were numerous and in recognition of his lengthy service and involvement in the Korean and Vietnam wars as a combatant.
He established the financial planning corporation - Cominos and Associated Incorporated, and served as president and chairman of the board. He was licensed as a real estate broker, insurance agent and securities agent, and retired from this occupation after 29 years. He was an avid golfer and had five holes in one during his golfing career. He was a member and past president of the Fort Sill Men's Golf Association. He was also a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Usher.
Survivors include his daughters, Cassandra J. Cominos of Edmond, Pamela A. Wingfield and spouse Gary, of Oklahoma City; son, Richard G. Cominos and spouse Ann, of Milpitas, and their children, Richard G. Cominos Jr. and spouse Lisa, and Matthew N. Cominos; brother, the Rev. Peter M. Cominos and spouse Ann, of East Towas, MI; five grandchildren, Brenda A. and spouse Landon Brown and their daughter, Leriah Brown; Nicola Jane Wingfield, James Mitchell Ray and spouse Allison Cameron, and their daughter due Jan. 1, 2015; Richard Cominos Jr. and spouse Lisa and Austin and Tyler Cominos; sisters-in-law, Gloria McAllister and spouse John, Grace Riffle, Zelda Epley; and brother-in-law, Jose Anorga.
Lt. Col. Cominos was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Mary Kastros; and a sister-in-law, Daisy Anorga.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com
Published in The Salinas Californian on Jan. 23, 2015
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