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Douglas Eugene Winslow, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)December 29, 1917 – November 20, 2009
With great sadness and immense pride in the gifts he left us, we witnessed the passing of Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force retired, Douglas Eugene Winslow, on Nov. 20, 2009.
Born in Waterville, Maine, on Dec. 29, 1917, he was a gifted athlete, talented artist and a profound gentleman. He left Maine to study at the New York Art Students League, but like others of the World War II generation, he enlisted in the Army and found himself defending Manhattan Island from invasion. He was selected for Aviation Cadets and received his wings and commission in 1943 at Marianna Field, Fla. In response to the casual question, “Who speaks French?” was then assigned to instruct Basic French Cadets in PT 17 Stearman bi-planes.
He married his childhood sweetheart, Evangeline Audet, and they enjoyed a 27-year Air Force adventure. He piloted fixed wing, helicopters and amphibians from the Far East to the Middle East and was proud to have flown in the Berlin Airlift and to have been the first to fly over Ground Zero of the first Hydrogen device tested at Eniwetok Atoll.
Van predeceased him in 2002 after a 56 year romance.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Victoria Ferris and husband Doug of Niceville, Fla.; two beautiful granddaughters, Alexandra Welde and her husband Tim and great-grandsons Dillon Scott Welde and Samuel Winslow Welde, also of Niceville, and Catherine Snelson and her husband Steve and great-granddaughter Alexandra Jane Snelson of Alexandria, Va.
He will be greatly missed, but Doug and Evangeline are together again.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Nov. 24, 2009