Prayer Requests: (as of 07/11/2021)
While updating the Outlaw Membership rolls it was discovered that the following Outlaws have taken their final flight. Our prayers are with their families.
Gill Procter, Deceased September 2005
Koeppelle, James A, Deceased October 2011
Lowie, William P, Deceased September 2012
Jones, Launie, Deceased January 2013
Robert J. Wegner
Jet-pilot and golfer, Robert J. Wegner, has died at the age of 71. He was born to Helen and Donald Wegner on October 7th, 1949 in Queens, New York, where he matriculated until leaving for active duty at 19. Bob Wegner’s aviation career began with The United States Army, as a helicopter pilot during The Vietnam War in South East Asia. During his service, he was shot down several times; not only did he survive but he saved the lives of several other service men in the aftermath.
The Army Commendation Medal and The Distinguished Flying Cross were awarded to him for, “single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.” He began a nearly fifty year marriage to Terry Monica Kraus at a Long Island celebration hall in 1973. They had two children together, Nicole and Zach. Although the family spent the majority of their lives as residents of Gaylordsville, CT, Bob was a man of the world, travel- ling to almost every continent during his storied career as a jet pilot for Time Magazine and The Rockefeller Family’s Wayfayer Ketch Company. He flew Gulfstream jets for decades and later became one of the NetJets company’s pilots. In his early forties he began his jour- neyman pursuit of golf: a sport which he mastered up to a 4 handicap.
Many in the New Milford community knew him as a carpenter, a handy-man, chef, and baker, notably through the abundance of loaves of bread and “to die for” chocolate croissants baked for friends during the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. His handiwork lives on in The John Pettibone School’s wooden playground and backdoor patios across the tri- state area. An avid learner, reader and seeker, Bob often reminded those around him that, “Nobody ever learned anything while they were talking.” For almost thirty years he led a life of sobriety, and shepherded many others to do the same in the meeting spaces of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of the local men in recovery are said to have never missed a meeting helmed by “Bob the Pilot.” Ever since his October diagnosis he fought to live against the growing metastasis with the same passion he had done everything. Only in his final months could he ever be observed lying down.
He left his body on Wednesday June 22nd, 2021 after the 10-month battle with esophageal cancer had ended. He is survived by his daughter Nicole, his son Zach, his wife Terry, his mother Helen, and his brother-in-arms Joseph Sheeran. Bob will be honored next to the 18th hole in a celebration of life at The Club at River Oaks at 2 Evans Hill Road, Sherman, Ct on July 11th, 2021 from 1-5 pm.
Rodney Allen Huff
On June 9,2021, Rodney "Sam" Huff loving husband, father of two children and granddad of two, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 72.
Rodney was born on March 12, 1949 in West Virginia to William "Bud" and Edith Huff.
He served in the Army in Vietnam as a member of the 175th Outlaws. He was in law enforcement for over 35 years and retired as a Sergeant with Brownsville Police Department. On January 8,1972 he married Irma Morales. They raised one son, one daughter, and have two grandchildren. He loved his career and was a real cowboy at heart.
Rodney was preceded in death by his father William Howard Huff, mother, Edith Huff, and his hunting buddy, father-in-law, Hugo Maya. He is survived by his brother, Patrick F. Huff, wife, Irma M. Huff, daughter, Jennifer A. Huff, son, Christopher M. (Belinda) Huff, grandchildren, Makayla and Kaitlyn Huff, along with his loving mother-in-law Aurelia Maya, and numerous nephews, nieces, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.
A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, June 30,2021 at 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.at Trinity Funeral Home in Harlingen, Texas. He will then be placed to rest at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, Texas at 1:00 P.M.
In Lieu of flowers please donate to The Oral Cancer Foundation https://oralcancerfoundation.donordrive.com/campaign/Rodney--Sam--Huff
Michael D. Thompson, Sr.
Dec. 2, 1948 - June 12, 2021
QUEENSBURY/lTICONDEROGA - Michael D. Thompson, Sr., 72, of Queensbury and formerly of Ticonderoga, passed away on June 12, 2021 in the loving arms of his son and family by his side.
Michael was born on December 2, 1948 to Chandler and Frieda (Winkler) Thompson, Sr. in Mount Kisco, NY.
Our beloved father joined the Army on December 2, 1966. Whereafter, he completed his Army training, he served two Active-Duty Tours with Outlaws 175th AHC. Michael was the Crew Chief on helicopter Outlaw 22 at Vinh Long Airfield, IV Corps, South VietNam.
Michael later met the love of his life, Shirley (Waters) Thompson and he married her on September 26, 1970. They spent the next 51 years together raising their children and making many memories.
Michael had many years working in the logging industry. He continued his love of logging with Finch Pruyn. Whereafter many memories and years he retired.
Besides his love of the woods, the most important thing to Michael was his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. When he was not with them, he could be found spending time with his brothers and sisters.
Michael made friends and memories everywhere he went. To say he was loved is an understatement. He was looked up to and cherished by all who were blessed to cross his path. Michael's laughter and stories will be missed by all.
The family would like to thank the Washington Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing for the great love, care, compassion, and support during his stay. The faculty became more like family than staff, as witnessed by the family.
He was predeceased by his parents, and step-mother, Helen Thompson, brother-in-law, Roy West, sister-in-law Bonnie Thompson, and brother-in-law, Bernie Potter.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Waters) Thompson; his children: Jenny E. Thompson, Michael D. Thompson, Jr., Nicholas (Jessica) Thompson and Tara Thompson; his brothers and sisters: Stephen Thompson, Lois (Dale) Hammond, David (Marica) Thompson, Charles McCarthy, Emmaline Nolan, Chandler (Crystal) Thompson, Jr., Emmitt (Shelly) Thompson and Sarah Potter; his grandchildren: Ashlee Thompson, Lee Beckwith II, Jordan Van Ness, Aryan Thompson, Blair Thompson, Nicholas Thompson II, Sarah Mc Cray and Jeremy Danahy, Jr.; and his great-grandchildren: Hannah LaBelle and Maddox Wright. He is also survived by in-laws; and many nieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends.
A Memorial Service with Military Honors will take place at the family plot of the Valley View Cemetery of Ticonderoga on June 26, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
A Gathering for family and friends will take place following the services at 155 Cronin Road, Queensbury.
Michael's final wish was that no one double dips the food.
Donations in Michael's memory may be made to your local Veteran's office.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home of Ticonderoga. To offer online condolences, please visit www.wilcoxandreganfuneralhome.com.