Former commander of Walco Composite Squadron laid to rest
WISCONSIN – Lieutenant Colonel Reigh Glen Neukirch, former commander of Walco Composite Squadron, Elkhorn, Wis. was laid to rest next to his wife Mary at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva on Monday, July 30.
The commitment service was led by Pastor Mary Ann Moller-Gunderson of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva where Neukirch and his family were longtime members. Daughter Nancy and her husband, Bruce Muchado, of Fort Benning, Ga. were supported by many of Neukirch’s church, square dancing and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) friends. Cadets from the Walco squadron provided the color guard as well as a flag folding and presentation.
Neukirch entered the military as a young man and served in the United States Army Air Corps. He later served in the Air Force for six years during the Korean War. He was stationed in Thailand for part of his service and was discharged with the grade of Staff Sergeant.
He and Mary made their home in Ohio and Illinois before settling in Lake Geneva where Neukirch worked as an electrical engineer at Magnavox and for the State Long Distance Telephone Company
Neukirch joined CAP in 1995 and served as Walco’s commander from 1999 to 2003. He earned his pilot’s license in 1991 at the age of sixty-two and owned a plane for a number of years.
In 2004 he moved to the Lebanon, Mo. area, where he transferred to Lake of the Ozarks Composite Squadron and remained active in CAP’s missions. He also served with Laclede County Composite Squadron in Lebanon and later with Missouri Group V.
Neukirch obtained his Transport Mission Pilot rating in 2008, his Ground Team Member 3, Ground Team Leader and Mission Radio Operator ratings in 2009 as well as his Mission Scanner and Observer ratings in 2010.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, a kind and caring neighbor and friend. Those who knew him celebrate his life and know he will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.