(Ret.) Capt. Owen R. Yetter
Retired Capt. Owen Russell Yetter, 89, formerly of Corydon, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at 5 a.m. at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, N.J., after a long illness.
Born in 1921, in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Pearletta and Russell Yetter.
He was a 1940 graduate of Corydon High School, a graduate of aviation cadet school in Waco, Texas, and trained at Lake Charles, La., where he received his wings as a combat fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. He spent eight years in the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot, 49th Fighter Group, 54th Air Force, 9th Squadron, serving in the South Pacific theater during World War II and was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, W1 Star American Theater Service Medal, the Philippines Liberation Service Medal and the Victory Medal. After returning to Corydon, he purchased a farm and transformed it into the Sky Park flying school, where he also sold light airplanes and arranged and competed in air shows. Later, he and his wife built the Sky Park Drive-In Theater. In 1952, he was recruited by Juan Tripp, founder of Pan American World Airlines, to fly as an airline pilot and later retired as a captain.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lillian Jean Yetter.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Beryl; five children, Lynnette Melchior of Maryland, Richard Yetter of Indiana and Elizabeth, Larry and Jerry Yetter, all of New Jersey; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Thursday, Jan. 6, at Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank.
Funeral: Friday, Jan. 7, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Red Bank with interment at Greenville (Ind.) Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the VFW Old Capitol Post 2950 in Corydon.