Lt. Col. (Ret. USAF) John Daniel Haney Jr. died peacefully on 14 September 2021. Dan was born in Haddonfield, NJ. on October 31, 1936 the first son of John Daniel Haney and Mary Augusta (Bell) Haney. Dan spent his early childhood in Lake Charles, LA. and graduated high school in West Orange, NJ. Receiving his appointment from NJ, Dan attended the US Naval Academy and graduated in 1958.
Pursuing his dreams of flight, Dan chose to enter the United States Air Force; where he served several ground tours in the USAF (in the US and South Korea) prior to finally gaining entrance to flight school. He flew tours in the F-101, F-102 and transitioned to prop planes to serve in Vietnam, flying combat missions in the Douglas Skyraider (A1E). Dan was awarded two Silver Stars and two DFC’s for actions from January to May, 1967.
Following his combat tour, Dan returned to the States, and flew the F-101 and F-106. Dan subsequently earning a M.Sc. (Engineering) from George Washington University. He retired from the Air Force when he thought he would “only be flying a desk” in June 1978. He worked for the NRA as an Executive Vice-President, he worked for local engineering firms and later on taught school in Virginia.
His retirement years were marked by his service to his church and to his community. He held many service posts in Trinity Episcopal Church, including Vestry service, choir and missions to Africa and Honduras, among others, and he was very active with Seven Loaves in our community.
Wherever he was stationed or lived, Dan spent as much time as he could hunting and fishing. He was always at home in the fields and forests. He took tremendous delight in the accomplishments of his family, and he loved his many dogs.
Dad was predeceased by his daughter Friday Elizabeth and by his brothers Robert R. and Richard A. Haney. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Annabelle Stovall Haney, his son Daniel Lloyd Haney and his beloved grandson Colton Metcalfe Haney, all from Middleburg, VA. Dan leaves his brother Peter, in Canada, and a niece and nephews in Oregon, Georgia, North Carolina and Canada.
Dan lived a life of honor, loyalty and service to his country, his family and his church. He will be deeply missed by those he left.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, 24 September 2021 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, VA, with a small reception to follow. Lt. Col. (Ret. USAF) John Daniel Haney Jr. will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery sometime next year.
The family wishes for all stories and memories of Dan to be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the family at 34572 Welbourne Road, Middleburg, VA 20117 for later generations to enjoy.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, any donations shall be made in Dan’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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