Colonel Edward M. Duchnowski
Colonel (Ret’d) Edward M. Duchnowski died with his relatives by his side on Flag Day, June 14. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Dr Wanda Riesz Duchnowski; her daughter, Nicole Riesz Duchnowski, and her granddaughter, Hope Durham; and his son, David Duchnowski and his wife, Brenda, and his granddaughter, Taryn, all fishermen; as well as his son, Daniel Duchnowski and his wife, Melissa, and his 2 grandsons, Liam and Parker, Bonaire, GA. He is also survived by his brother, Steve Duchnowski, of Johnstown, PA. He will also be missed by his first wife, Mildred Duchnowski Monroe of Indiana, Pennsylvania. He is predeceased by his parents, Henry and Mary Grachek Duchnowski, of Johnstown.
His wife reflected on how much Ed should die on Flag Day since he fought for his flag and his country at the age of 34. United States Air Force veteran from Viet Nam. Ed, originally from Johnstown, Pa., Graduated from Penn State and then attended USAF Air University to become a pilot. Tested on the L-350, FK-28, B-737, B-757 and B-767, with more than 8,000 flight hours, he received the USAF Meritorious Service Medal; the individual flight hour reward (MAC); the Appreciation Award, World Security Conference; the MAC Flight Safety Awards twice; 1st place, MAC Combat Airdrop Competition; the air medal with clusters; and was a distinguished graduate, Air War College.
Following his retirement from the USAF, he served as Director of Flight Standards and Safety, Alaska Airlines, and subsequently moved to Indianapolis to be Vice President of Safety and Security, ATA Airlines. He then traveled to FAA headquarters in Washington, DC, as an inspector of aviation safety and leading international safety forums, developing policies related to safety and security. He received his MBA from Auburn University, has been listed in Who’s Who, has been a member of the Indianapolis Yacht Club (Board), BPO Elks, 446, and many other organizations. He continued to enjoy his grandchildren as well as piloting and boating until his retirement.
Visitations will be on Tuesday, June 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Indiana Funeral Care (where his obituary is listed), 8151 N. Allisonville, Indianapolis, 46250. On Wednesday, June 23, the Military Honor Guard will honor Ed in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N. Meridian, Indianapolis, 46208, with a church service to follow. Immediate family will wear white in honor of Ed, who flew above the clouds and now flies with the angels.
Published on June 18, 2021