In memory of Ronald J. Skorepa, Colonel USAF (Retired), who passed away on March 17, 2020. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 10, 1931, to Rudolph and Helen Skorepa and grew up in the Cleveland area. Ron is survived by his wife Charlotte, daughter Jody of Alexandria, Virginia, son Bradley (Janet) of Edgewater, Maryland, step-son David Moyer (Cynthia) of La Verne, California, sister Linda Gibson (Roger) of Rockmart, Georgia, five grandchildren Allen, Krystian, Anthony (Pilar), Lauren, and Nathaniel.
Ron attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he was a cadet in the United States Air Force R.O.T.C. and a member of Alpha Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated from Miami University in 1953. He later earned his Master’s Degree from George Washington University.
Over his 30-year Air Force career, Ron served as a Fighter Pilot, an Aide-De-Camp, and Personnel Officer. He flew the F-86D and F-102A aircraft and became a Command Pilot and Instructor Pilot. He served in the Vietnam War during which time he flew the F-4E Phantom aircraft. Ron was a Career Development Staff Officer at Military Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX; he was assigned to the Plans and Programs Division and Congressional Inquiries Division of Air Force Legislative Liaison in the Pentagon, and his last assignment was as Director of Personnel for the Air Force Intelligence Service before retiring in 1985. Ron was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Following retirement, Ron continued his civilian career with the Real Estate firms of Coldwell Banker and Long and Foster. Ron enjoyed spending time with his family, skiing, sailing, camping, and cruising.
A graveside service with Full Military Honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
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