NORMAN — Joe Neal Breedlove, 78, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. He was born in Norman, the son of Robert Lee and Lillian Victory (Bruesch). Joe was married to Peggy (Manning) for 59 years.
Joe started his military service in the Navy Reserve (1952 to 1954) as an aircraft mechanic but mostly remembered driving for the admiral and making raisin wine in the South Pacific. He changed services after a short break and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955. Joe served 27 years in the USAF and retired as a chief master sergeant.
He was most proud of his time as an aerial refueling (boom) operator. Joe was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in Vietnam in 1972. Joe also greatly enjoyed his time as the boom operator advisor to the Kansas Air National Guard at Forbes Field from 1978 to 1980. After his AF career, Joe spent 15 years working for the U.S. Postal Service.
Joe loved bird hunting with his son-in-laws, bowling at Gage Bowl with his granddaughter, Lizzy, and his bowling team, playing pool with his pool team from Terry’s Billiards and golfing with the “geezers” at Forbes Golf Course.
He volunteered numerous hours with parks and recreation unified softball, Special Olympics and Loving Hearts.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Geraldine Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; their three children and spouses, Pamela J. Breedlove, Lt. Col. USAR (Daniel Boeding, retired Master Sgt.) of Topeka, Kan., Cheryl L. Holt, retired Chief Master Sgt. (Christopher Holt, retired Chief Master Sgt.) of Virginia and Robert J. Breedlove (Jennifer) of Texas; nine grandchildren, Lizzy, Ellen, Alexandra, Robin, Jennifer, Jessica, Tanner, Riley and Dior; two great-grandchildren, Mac and Soren; and four siblings, Norma Lee Frisby of Louisiana, Tajwana Lyons, Ronnie Breedlove and Toni Peery, all of Norman.