John Steinmetz, who died just short of his 87th birthday this week, describing his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
It was my privilege to know him for regrettably few of those many years. But during that brief time, I regularly encountered the great humor, humility and basic kindness of such a man who would describe his role in the largest armed conflict in human history like that. He worked hard, raised a great family, invited many more into his extended family, and remained lively in every way right to the end.
They don’t seem to make such gentlemen anymore, and the world is a poorer place for the loss.