Robert Warren Stonestreet, 78, Lt. Col. (Ret) USAF, passed away, surrounded by his family, on Jan. 29, 2008. Col. Stonestreet, born in Mississippi on June 22, 1929, was a long time resident of Clear Lake City, after retirement from active duty in 1972. During his service career as a fighter pilot he served in Korea, the Cuban Crisis and Vietnam. He received many decorations and awards; among them were the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air Medals. He participated as a team member in three USAF World Wide Weapons Meet competitions. He flew fighter escort for President John F. Kennedy's trip to South America in 1961. He was a nominee for the Jerome Waterman Award as Florida's outstanding military person in 1968. He worked on many projects over thirty plus years at the Johnson Space Center for Lockheed Martin, Hernandez Engineering, and Bastion Technology, including all five IMAX Space Movies and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. He was an Ordained Elder and Deacon with the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church and a member since 1971. He also served as a Trustee on numerous church committees. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 yrs, Virginia, daughter Cynthia Hallmark and husband Steve, son Robert and wife Kim; five grandchildren, Connor and Claire Hallmark, Rachel and Colton Stonestreet, and Step-Granddaughter Ashley Ball, Brother Billy Stonestreet and wife Mary Catherine, sister Mary Burrell, sister Elinor McKee and husband Ralph. Stoney was a very loving and kind husband, father and grandfather whose generosity and humor will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Viewing will be held at Forest Park East on Feb. 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on February 2 at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church on El Dorado Boulevard, Clear Lake City, immediately followed by interment in the Forest Park East Cemetery. The family requests that consideration be given to a memorial contribution to the CLPC Memorials Fund.
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