DANHOF GARY W

WO1 Gary W. Danhof was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 08/17/2019 at the age of 69.5
Wichita, KS
Flight Class 70-29
Date of Birth 02/05/1950
Served in the U.S. Army
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More detail on this person: Gary W. Danhof, 69, of Richmond Hill, passed away peacefully on August 17, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah. He was born on February 5, 1950 in E. Lansing, Michigan and lived in numerous locations growing up. He joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and, after flight school, became a UH-1 "Dustoff" helicopter pilot. He flew nearly 900 combat hours in Vietnam, and was chosen to train Vietnamese helicopter pilots. He continued to serve his country faithfully for 20 years. Later in his Army career he transferred to fixed-wing aircraft and often transported VIPs, including Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. He became one of the best instructor pilots in his field and trained many upcoming Army aviators. While stationed in California he became a part of and air ambulance detachment whose chopper crews would assist in evacuating civilians injured in accidents and needing lifesaving care. He retired from the Army in 1989 and flew commercially with U.S. Airways for 14 years until heart problems grounded him. Being dual-rated in helicopters and fixed-wing, and having considerable jet aircraft time brought him to Hunter Army Airfield and the office of aviation/airfield safety September 2005. He finally retired in December 2019 to enjoy his true passions-fishing, guns, and his dogs. Gary never met a stranger. He will be fondly remembered by all those who flew and worked with him through the years. He was preceded in death by his parents-Wayne and Joyce Danhof. Surviving is his wife of 36 years, Terry; sons, Timothy and Todd; daughters, Andrea and Erin Boley; 6 grandchildren; his sisters-Gail Rowland and Sylvia Bartman (Bryan); and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 9184 Ford Ave. Richmond Hill. In lieu of flowers, Gary would have preferred that you contribute to your favorite charity. Please sign our online guest book at foxandweeks.com.

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