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Retired Air Force Col. Jon D. Theus, 90, of Fredericksburg, who served with Gen. Chennault's 14th U. S. Army Air Force "Flying Tigers" in China during World War II, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Theus, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a state champion high school track athlete, graduated from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OkIa., in 1951, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was also a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the USAF Air Command and Staff school.
His last military assignment before retiring from the Air Force was as a senior public affairs officer on the Air Staff at the Pentagon.
Earlier in his career, he edited a daily newspaper in Oklahoma, and two magazines. Later he was national personnel manager for a Chicago firm and a certified personnel consultant.
Moving to Virginia, he became interested in Civil War historical activities. He was a member of the Civil War Round Table of Alexandria and served two terms as president of the Fredericksburg CWRT. He was the first chairman of the Fredericksburg Public Access TV Commission.
He followed an ardent, life-time interest in international events, military history and outdoor sports.
Theus was a member of the 14th Air Force Association, The Retired Officers Association and the Law Enforcement Alliance of America.
Survivors include two sons, J. Scott Theus of Gurnee, Ill., and Steven L. Theus of Crete, Ill.; two daughters, Susan L. Theus of Reddick, Ill., and Alison H. Theus of Crown Point, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
An inurnment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dunklin Memorial Church, 3342 SW Hosannah Lane, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser