Rick Connon passed away early Thursday morning surrounded by his family in Columbia MO after a battle with cancer. He was born March 30, 1934 in Bucklin Missouri to Helen and Neil Connon. He had a younger brother Robert Connon that died in 1998. He was married to June Louise Deforest in 1960 that died in 1980. He was survived by three children, Paul Richard Connon, Melody Rodriguez and Robert Connon. He had eight grand children and six great grand children. He attended Bucklin K-12 and loved playing basketball. He hung around with his buddy Roy Edward who was the best man at his wedding. After graduation; he worked 18 months for the Santa Fe Railroad before entering the Air Force where he served 31 years. In Vietnam he flew 778 missions and was shot down and wounded twice. He logged ten thousand flying hours on twenty two different type aircraft. In his career he was awarded several medals. Two Purple hearts, Three Distinguished Flying Crosses, Three Meritorious Service Medals, and 16 Air Medals. He was the Chief Master Sgt in Kadena AFB, Okinawa Japan with over Twenty Six Hundred personnel and One hundred Twelve aircraft. The last stint of his Air Force Career was at the Strategic Air Command in Bellevue, Nebraska flying on the “Looking Glass.” His second career was working at the Omaha Post office. He worked there until he became ill in June. His Military Funeral with Honors will be held at the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery, 1479 County Rd 1675, Jacksonville, MO. Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 3:00pm. Please Come and say good-bye to an All American Hero.