Kirby Chase Stafford Jr.

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Stafford, Jr.
Kirby Chase Stafford, Jr.
July 8, 1924 - September 16, 2017
Kirby Chase Stafford, Jr. passed away at home on September 16, 2017.
Kirby was born on July 8, 1924 to Kirby Chase Stafford and Effie (Starnes) Stafford in Statesville, North Carolina, the oldest of four children. An officer of the United States Air Force, Kirby was a resident of Colorado Springs for 52 years.
He loved flying. In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps. During WWII, he piloted a B-24 Liberator with the 467th Bombardment Group, 789th Squadron. After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, writing code-breaking programs for the National Security Agency. He later joined the Air Weather Service and became a member of the Royal Order of Typhoon Goons, flying B50s into hurricanes to collect data. In 1963 he took command of a Soviet-monitoring radar site in Alaska. In 1970, he went to work for Denver Dry Goods, retiring after 12 years.
Kirby enjoyed photography and flying his radio-remote controlled planes. He was a ham radio operator and loved talking on the radio net and joining his fellow hammers at their weekly breakfasts.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Nelle Anderson Stafford. He is survived by his children, Kirby Chase Stafford III and Barbara Nelle Stafford Nickless, and by four grandchildren-Geoffrey and Brittany Stafford and Kyle and Amanda Nickless.
A memorial service with military honors will be held for family and friends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on November 10 at the Shrine of Remembrance Vista Grande Chapel, 5440 North Union Boulevard.
Online condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance.com
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Published in The Gazette on Nov. 5, 2017
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