CMSgt James A. Lynn

Jan. 20, 1939-August 6, 2018

CMSgt. James A. Lynn,

USAF (Ret.) 79, Minot,

died Monday, August 6,

2018, in a Minot hospital.

James Lynn was born

January 20, 1939 in Rock-

hill Furnace, Pennsylva-

nia to Geary and Myrtle

(Pheasant) Lynn. He grew

up and attended elemen-

tary school in Rockhill

Furnace and graduated

from Orbisonia High

School in 1956.

James enlisted into the

US Air Force on June 4,

1956 and received his

basic training at Lackland

AFB in Texas. He was

transferred and assigned

to the 16 FIS at Naha AB

in Okinawa, Japan, where

he was instrumental with

the conversion from the

F-86d to the F-102A air-

craft. He returned to the

US in May 1960 and was

assigned to the 4th Tacti-

cal Fighter Wing at Sey-

mour Johnson AFB in

North Carolina. He was

part of a number of air-

craft conversions ending

with the F-4 aircraft and

was selected as the Air-

man of the Year in 1963.

James was appointed to

the US Military Assis-

tance Advisory Group in

Iran in February of 1969

as a part of the first USAF

team to assist the Imperial

Iranian Air Force transi-

tion to the F-4 aircraft. In

April of 1970, James was

assigned to the 5 FIS at

Minot AFB, in North

Dakota as NCOIC, Pneu-

draulic Shop. Following a

short assignment in Korat

RTAFB in Thailand, he re-

turned to Minot where he

served the remainder of

his career as Maintenance

Superintendent until the

inactivation of the 5th

Fighter Squadron and his

retirement and honorable

discharge in 1988. As a

civilian he continued his

work at the Minot AFB

working as a civilian for

Lockheed Martin Corpora-tion until he joined Minot

State University in the

custodial department

working for a number of

years until he retired.

James was united in

marriage to Louise J. Hol-

den on November 30,

1956 in Hagerstown, MD.

This union was blessed

with a daughter, Tracey.

They have called Minot

their home for the last 48


James loved the out-

doors. He loved to hunt,

especially for deer with

his favorite hunting

partner, Dean Wilson. He

enjoyed camping with his

family along with wood-

working and bowling with

his wife Louise in their

younger years. They were

weekend and summer

travelers enjoying trips to

many national parks and a

special trip to Alaska.

James loved spending

time with his family and

treasured his last years

enjoying his great-

grandchildren. He will be

missed by all who were

blessed to share in his


James is survived by

his loving wife of nearly

62 years, Louise Lynn,

Minot; daughter, Tracey

(Jeff) Wallstrum, Minot;

grandchildren, Krista

(James) Doty Opstedal,

Minot, Nathaniel (Isabel-

la) Doty, Minot, Blake

(Kellie) Wallstrum, Leslie

Wallstrum, Tayler

Wallstrum, all of Minot;


Rylan, Remington, Tae-

lyn, Jude and Ander;

brother, Warren Lynn,

Harrisburg, PA along with

numerous nieces and

nephews including, Vick-

ie Xanthopoulos, Lori

Williams and Joe


James was preceded in

death by his parents and

sisters, Martha Laird and

Bernadine Gearhart.

Funeral service will be

held at 10:00 a.m. Friday,

August 10, 2018 at the

Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Interment: North Dako-

ta Veterans Cemetery,

Mandan, ND at 2:00 p.m.

on Friday, August 10,


Visitation will be held

on Thursday, August 10,

2018, from 3:00 p.m. until

6:00 p.m. at the Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


Memorial donations are

preferred to a veteran’s or-

ganization of the donor’s

choice or to Kalix of

Minot, ND.

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