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Obituary for J.D. Warlick

August 25, 1921 - May 22, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 95

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Lt. Col. J.D. "Jay" Warlick (Ret) U.S. Air Force passed away May 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas at the age of 95. He was born in El Reno, Oklahoma on Aug. 25, 1921 to John and Della Warlick. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp which led to a 26 year career as a pilot in the Air Force Tactical Air Command. J.D. served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

He was awarded numerous medals and commendations including the Bronze Star, AF Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award w/4 oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, American Theater Campaign medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, European-Africa-Middle Eastern medal w/1 service star, AF Longevity Service medal w/4 oak leaf clusters, WWII Victory medal, National Defense Service medal, Korean Service Medal w/2 silver service stars, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit award, and United Nations Service Medal. He achieved Command Pilot rating w/over 3000 of flight time.

While serving in WWII, Jay met and married Gisele Sabbah in Casablanca, Morocco on Oct. 21, 1944. He was very proud of his service to his country and loved being a pilot. After retirement, he worked for Abel's Stationers and Oppermann Office Supply. Jay was the best "grandpa" and loved spending time w/his grandsons. He enjoyed taking on any size project, designing and building them himself. He loved the challenge of fixing anything broken or not working, often helping his neighbors. He took great pride in keeping a well-maintained yard that was frequently admired by all who passed by. His hobbies included photography and watching football. He was an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys.

J.D. is survived by his wife of 72 years, Gisele Warlick; their 2 daughters, Betty Learned, Monette Toungate and husband Tom; 5 grandchildren, Daniel Powers and wife Christella, Josh Powers and wife Melissa, Ryan Ritchie and wife Judith; 6 great grandchildren; brother Johnny Warlick, Jr. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Jewel and Wanda, brother Alvin Warlick and grandson Bryan Guy Learned. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be at Weed-Corley-Fish, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. on May 31, 2017 from 6-8 pm. Funeral Service will be at Weed-Corley-Fish on N. Lamar on June 1, 2017 at 10:30 am. Graveside services will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio at 2:30 pm. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Jay's name to The American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

To all who have climbed sunward and chased the shouting wind, America stops to say your service and sacrifice will be remembered forever

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  • If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Jay's name to The American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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Austin, TX 78705
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