Lt. Col. Ervan Lloyd Amidon
Monday, March 20, 2017 8:33 PM
Lt. Col. Ervan Lloyd Amidon, U.S. Air Force, 95, of Traverse City, Mich., passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at French Manor with his friends Mike and Tricia Mihalic at his side.
Ervan was born on July 17, 1921 in Inland Township, Mich., to the late Leslie F. and Lillian M. (Briggs) Amidon.
He was the third of seven children. He was educated in the one-room schools of that township, graduated from Traverse City Central High School in June 1939 and enlisted as a private in the Air Corps, U.S. Army on Dec. 12, 1939.
He served in the Southwest Pacific Area for two years and nine months during World War II. During that period, he was appointed a 2nd Lt. Army of the United States, having graduated from U.S. Army Officer Candidate School. He served with the 49th Fighter Group and 3rd Bombardment Group, Air Corps, U.S. Army.
On Sept. 11, 1946, he married Elinor Patton of Leesburg, Ohio at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He served in Korea during that war in 1952-53, returning to graduate from Air Command and Staff School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. From July 1961 to May 1963, he served at Hq, Fifth Air Force, Japan. On Dec. 1, 1963, he retired from active military service following 24 years of service. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Commendation Medal, together with the appropriate Service Medals. His formal education included a bachelor of general education degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master of arts degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. He served as a member of the faculty, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City from 1967-72, when he resigned as a result of physical disability.
Ever the family historian, he researched, compiled and published an Amidon family history as well as a Pabst family history. Copies were provided to local libraries and history centers. He was especially aware of his patriot ancestors as well as his loyalist ancestors, who served in the American Revolutionary War, albeit in opposing armies. Two great-grandfathers served in the Union Army, Civil War, one being killed in action and the other honorably discharged as physically disabled. He was especially proud of his three brothers and one stepbrother who served during World War II. His wife and he traveled extensively during and following active military service. He was especially interested in and generous with the Military Officers Association of America, where his late wife, Elinor and he, established two undergraduate degree scholarships. These aids have been in continual use. He contributed regularly to the Traverse Health Clinic and the Cherryland Humane Society. With the Department of Veterans Affairs, he provided headstones for 27 honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces. He was prominent in the establishment of the Northern Michigan Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution and served as the first president of that Chapter. His political efforts were devoted to the cause of Conservative Republicanism. He considered voting a responsibility of citizenship and cast his own ballot at each election from his various duty stations, here as well as overseas.
On Dec. 1, 2016, he had been retired from the U.S. Air Force for 53 years.
Surviving are a sister, Tina M. “Peg” Wagner of Grawn; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Elinor; and his brothers, Leslie, Leonard, Arthur and Clifford Amidon; and his sister, Tricia F. (Amidon) Blackmore.
Graveside services, with military honors presented by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard, will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Leesburg.
The Turner & Son Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.turnerfuneralhomes.cc.