General Retired
September 21, 1933 - July 3, 2006
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He was born September 21, 1933 in Akron, Ohio and moved to Punta Gorda 8 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri. A veteran of the Viet Nam War, he retired after 32 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and the Missouri Air National Guard. As a young man he grew up in Knoxville,…

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Mary Anne Sambo left a message on November 8, 2014:
To the family of the late Major General John R. Layman, I was searching General Layman's name today because I was gifted a silk jacket from someone in our unit, and General Layman had a matching jacket. Only two were made. I am leaving it for my children/grandchildren, and I was writing a short history of how the jacket came to be mine, and a bit about General Layman. I will always remember General Layman with much respect and fondness. He was a great leader, firm when necessary, but also just as comfortable expressing kindness and gratitude to his troops. I can remember two occasions he had to confront me about something he heard that involved me. He carefully listened to what I had to say, and made decisions in my favor. General Layman was key to my commission being granted. I needed several waivers for medical conditions (college degree had not been awarded yet, vision, orthodontics, etc.) and General Layman fought for my case and I received the commission as an officer. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope these words bring a smile to your face today. Mary Anne Sambo 2nd Lt, Mo-ANG, Retired (was also a former TSgt before commission)
Don & Penny Nikel left a message on July 6, 2006:
Our prayers are with you all.
Mark A. Kidd left a message on July 6, 2006:
My thoughts and prayers are with Linda & all the kids. Love Always, Mark
Scottie&Denise Kidd left a message on July 6, 2006:
May you rest in peace, my friend.
Vernon Counts CMSGT RET left a message on July 6, 2006:
ON BEHALF OF THE RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE MUNITIONS MAINT SECTION OF MISSOURI AIR NATIONAL GUARD, WE SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIE TO THE LAYMAN FAMILY
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Lt Col Mack Angel, USAF (Ret) left a message on July 6, 2006:
We share your grief at the loss of this fine man and great fighter pilot. Mack and Connie Angel
Ruth Herzberger left a message on July 6, 2006:
May God be with you. I am sorry for your loss.
Gregory Jefferson left a message on July 6, 2006:
On behalf of the men and women of the 131st Security Forces Squadron we extend our condolences to Layman family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Becky Wine Reusnow left a message on July 6, 2006:
So sorry for the loss of this great cousin. He was the older cousin we all looked up to. I remember it was always fun when our relatives visited back and forth.
Richard Wine left a message on July 6, 2006:
I am so sorry to hear this Rick was my HERO!
Terrie Lane left a message on July 6, 2006:
Aunt Linda, Suzanne, Kaki, Wendy, & Rod, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Red. I will always have fond loving memories of him and his stories when he would be here in Knoxville staying with Mom. Again, I am so sorry for you loss. Love Terrie
Col Ken Mays, USAF RET left a message on July 6, 2006:
God bless, and know God is now your wingman. A fellow Thud Pilot, Ken Mays, Korat 67-68
Hilda (Kidd) Wampler left a message on July 6, 2006:
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bryan Kidd left a message on July 6, 2006:
May God be with all the family and grant you peace in this time of need. I send my Love and Prayers for all.
Carolyn & Larry left a message on July 6, 2006:
Our love and sympathy to all of you----
Debbie Marsh left a message on July 6, 2006:
Heaven has a grand pilot! God bless, Linda and family!
Neill and Donna Gruver left a message on July 6, 2006:
Linda and family please accept our sympathies for your loss.
Betty & Ernie Babitzke left a message on July 6, 2006:
Dear Linda, We are so very sorry and devastated. We don't get home until Sun. July 9th. Our sincerest and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May God be with you. Our love, Betty & Ernie Babitzke
Chuck Schreiber & Bobbie Martha left a message on July 6, 2006:
Our deepest sympathies to Linda and her family. What a shock. Rick and I were roommates at Case in the Beta house and I will never forget him and the good times. Sincerely, Chuck
Mr. & Mrs. James McMillian left a message on July 6, 2006:
We are so sorry to hear of Rick's passing ~ condolences to your entire family. We love you.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Joe & Maida McCormack left a message on July 6, 2006:
We are deeply saddened to learn of Rick's passing. May God grant your entire family extra strength and courage as you seek peace with your great loss. Love you!
Suzanne Layman left a message on June 17, 2013:
Dad, it's been almost 7 years that you've been gone. I just wanted to remember you today. I miss you and I love you. Have you fixed up God's house yet? Or are you taking him for a flight somewhere?
Jim and Pat Renschen left a message on July 6, 2006:
Surprised to say the least.Pat and I are sorry we didn't get the news til looking at the St Louis Post-Disgrace, Otherwise we would have paid a visit. I must tell you I never did call him Rick. I couldn't.This was out of the respect I had for him and his position. He was a Fighter Pilot and a great mentor, I could talk to him about anything. He was demanding but compassionante. I was priveliged to be part of some of the tough decisions he had to make. There was never a question as to the outcome because he always did the right thing. Also, he was a great husband. He told me many stories, about times growing up, your times stationed in France and the little apartment upstairs and many others. He was a proud father. He always said his kids were unique which indeed they were. Linda he will truly be missed HE WAS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING AND FRIEND. AND FOR YOU JOHN R, I WILL THROW A NICKEL ON YOUR GRASS AT ARLINGTON. Our prayers are with you and the kids. Sincerely Jim and Pat Renschen
Charlie and Marilyn Kiefner left a message on July 6, 2006:
Charlie and I have been thinking of you and your family. We send our sympahty and prayers. How much we enjoyed your friendship during you time in Missouri.
Diane Kidd O'Brien left a message on July 6, 2006:
Linda, Suzanne, Kaki, Wendy, Rod, and spouses: You all know how much we will miss Rick. He was a great brother in law. We offer our deepest sympathy in this loss. May God give you peace. John, Diane, Alex O'Brien
Wanda Berns left a message on July 6, 2006:
Dear Mrs. Layman, Suzanne, Kaki, Wendy and Rod, We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you in the unexpected loss of your husband and father. We know how much Kaki adored and respected her father - her eyes lit up every time she would talk about him (and all of her family). Even though we only had the honor of meeting him once - it was just that - an honor! Our hearts and prayers are with you. And, Kaki, you know how much you mean to us - we love you dearly and are here for you! Love, The Berns Family - Henry, Wanda, Jenny, Dana and Matthew
LtCol Theresa Votinelli left a message on July 6, 2006:
On behalf of the members of the 131st Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard we offer our deepest sympathies in the loss of General Layman. He was a great Wing Commander and a person of great character and integrity. He will sorely be missed.
Joe DeVincent SMSgt MoANG(retired) left a message on July 6, 2006:
My thoughts and prayer are with the family. God Bless All,
Morris Swofford, Ret Msg 131st TFG left a message on July 6, 2006:
Sorry for the loss of Gen. Layman. He was a true respectful leader, a perfect gentleman and dog lover.
Col Ken Schroer USAF (Ret) left a message on July 6, 2006:
Linda, Barbara and I are with you in your sorrow. Every working day was a pleasure for me knowing the personal support I received from Rick. I have missed being with him after my retirement. Please accept our prayers and love. Ken & Barbara Schroer
Ray Kruse, MSG RET left a message on July 6, 2006:
I am sorry for your loss. I was a member of the 131st TFW in St. Louis (1976-1989). What I remember most about General Layman was that, in addition to being a great commander, he valued and treated with respect every member of the unit regardless of rank or position.
Col. Joe R, Steen USAF (Ret) left a message on July 6, 2006:
Our deepest sympathies to you Linda and the Family. Having been staioned with Rick at McConnell and Hickam I will miss him. My respect for him as a Pilot and Friend is second to none. We are her if we can be of assistance or if you need us . Joe & Lee Steen
Mike Counts left a message on July 6, 2006:
My deepest sympathy on your loss. MG Layman was the most highly respected commanders of the 131TFW. His memory wil long live with all MO Air Guard personnel.
George A. Sellnau left a message on July 6, 2006:
Deepest sympathies to Linda and the Layman family on the untimely death of Rick. We were fellow classmates at Case and fellow student pilots at Marana Air Base in Arizona. He will be missed.
Glenn & Beverly Farnsworth left a message on July 6, 2006:
There must be hundreds of us who wore the Air Force blue who knew and respected Rick. I'm very proud to have been a Hun wingman with him at Chaumont, France. His early death has Beverly & me in a state of great sorrow. Linda, we are here if you need us. Glenn & Bev
Fr Joe Weber, Ch, Col, MoANG left a message on July 6, 2006:
Mrs. Layman, Rick was Wing Commander at Lambert when I got in the MoANG at Jefferson Barracks 22 years ago. We were often at various dinners and Guard Association events. He was a man's man, a leader's leader, a tremendous example of what it means to be a warrior. He will be missed. May he rest in peace and may you, and your family, have consolation at this time of loss. Father Joe Weber
Debbie Rielley left a message on July 6, 2006:
Linda, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I was very fortunate to have worked for General Layman and was saddned by his death. He meant a lot to many. We share in your loss. Debbie Rielley, Col, Ret
Ed Petrushka left a message on July 6, 2006:
I was proud to be his Beta Brother. He was truly a Man of Principle. My deepest sympathies to his family -I,m sure he left the world a better place.
Ralph Richardson left a message on July 6, 2006:
My heart is there with you all. Love, Ralph
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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