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Clyde K. UKELE

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OBITUARY of Clyde K. Ukele

WaKeeney Clyde K. Ukele, 79,died Friday, April 9, 2004, at the Lutheran Home.
He was born in Ogallah, Kansas to Leroy & Marjorie (Tawney) Ukele. He graduated from Trego Community High School, WaKeeney.

He was a belly-gunner on B-17 named "Satin's Lady" with the 369 Bomb squadron of the 306th. Bomb Group, the "Fighting' & Bitin' Boxing Bumblebee." The Group disbanded in 1945 in England following completion of a total of 30 missions over Germany. "Satin's Lady" flew more than 130 missions, & his crew was first to fly over Germany. His crew was also the most decorated squadron of the Eighth Air force in the European Theater.

He married Myrtle Jinx Carpenter on July 27, 1946, in WaKeeney. He trained with the Kansas Wildlife & Parks Department & was the game warden at Sebelius Lake until his retirement. He was an avid fisherman & hunter.

Survivors include a son, Rick Ukele, two daughters, Quenadyne Bucher & Deirde Hoover & husband Greg. Four grandsons, Brian Hoover, Jason & Corey Ukele & Justin Bucher, a sister & brother-in-law, Hazel & Charlie Zeman & nieces & nephews. Two grandchildren, Kenneth & Krystal Ukele, & a son in law, John Bucher.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Ukele, two grandchildren, Kenneth & Krystal Ukele, & a son-in-law, John Bucher.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Enfield Funeral Home, Norton; private burial in the Norton Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Lutheran Home WaKeeney.

Submitted by Gayle M. Garrett

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