Lt. Col. James "Jim" Arthur Bone

December 15, 1940 - August 28, 2012

Lt. Col. James “Jim” Arthur Bone, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Arlington, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on, August 28, 2012 at the age of 71.  He was born December 15, 1940, in McCamey, Texas to Erle and Margaret (McCormack) Bone. On December 15, 1959 Jim married Margaret “Peggy” Walters, in McCamey, Texas. He attended McCamey High School, graduating in 1959, where he was active in sports and starred in football. Jim graduated from college in 1963 and was active in ROTC at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He later received a Master’s Degree from Pepperdine University. He entered the Air Force as a Lieutenant. His first assignment was in Germany as a weapons controller with the 601st Division. In 1966 he went to Thailand, which was such an important time in his life. He controlled pilots refueling who were going into combat zones during the Vietnam War. He was in a group that was called the 621st TAC Control Squadron - Brigham Group and he considered the entire group as brothers. During 1966 - 1967, Brigham's main mission was running air to air refueling rendezvous - pairing up flights of F-105’s or F-4’s with KC-135 tankers. On the surface, doing refueling should be easy. It was on the out bound side but on the return trip most of the aircraft suffered from battle damage and were low on fuel which exacerbated the stress levels on all concerned. There were usually two missions each day but the Brigham Group never lost an aircraft in the performance of their duty. During his tour of duty and involvement in the Brigham Group, Jim was awarded two Bronze Star medals. Every two years the Brigham group met for a reunion and that was always a highlight for Jim; when Jim was unable to travel, his “brothers” came to him. Jim finished his career as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1983. He and Peggy moved to Arlington and he worked with several companies before starting one of his own. He started his business serving corporations with their training needs. He owned and later sold the Time Bank organization business and was an expert with time management. He retired in 2009 and he and Peggy moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2010 where he soon became ill. They moved back to the Dallas area to be close to family and doctors. Jim’s passion was his love of fishing with his beloved dog Bradley. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Charles Jackson who helped care for Jim at home.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Bone of McKinney, Texas; children, James Erle Bone of Lake Worth, Texas, Marlene Walker and fiancé Jim Canon of Plano, Texas; granddaughter, Brenna Walker; sisters, Erlene Thomas of Midland, Texas and Mary Milam of Odessa, Texas; brother-in-laws, Ron Walters, Mike Walters and wife Paula; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Erle and Margaret Bone; brother-in-laws, Jack Milam and Curtis Thomas; sister-in-law, Pat Walters; half brother and sister, Jack Righter and Marilyn Coplen.

A graveside service will be held at 11:15 a.m., on Friday, August 31, 2012, at DFW National Cemetery, in Dallas, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, in Allen, Texas, with Dr. Neill Grimes officiating. The family will receive friends during a catered visitation beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday evening, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of McKinney, 1800 West Hunt Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 and/or the United States Veterans Memorial, c/o Roylene Davis, P.O. Box 955, McCamey, Texas 79752.

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I am sorry to hear about Jim. I have good memories of Jim and fishing at Lake Fork and will always remember the hospitality that you and Jim showed me. Ray McPherson, September 2, 2012 We just received an email from Doc that Jimmy passed away last night. We are so very sorry to hear that. Please know that you and your children are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Love you, Heavia and Jerry Doyle, September 2, 2012 I haven't been around Jimmy Bone since I left McCamey all those years ago, but I have heard from him occasionally. He seems to me to have been one of those particularly vibrant people, a little more active, engaged, humorous, opinionated (in an intelligent way), and alive in technicolor than the rest of us. As with Errol's brother Don Smith, I have trouble thinking of Jim as someone capable of leaving this life. I know it has been a long and painful goodbye for Peggy and their family. All our love and support goes out to them. Sandra Kurtin, September 2, 2012 Peggy, with sadness I read of Jim's passing. So thankful for the times I had with him at the reunions. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Herb Gunter, September 2, 2012 I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great friend and I wish we could have spent more time together. I wish you the best and hope you can find happiness again. Fred Pearce, September 2, 2012 You have our sympathy on Jim's passing. He sure put up a valiant struggle. We are glad we visited you last fall and had a good walk around the neighborhood with the two of you. John and Elaine Meyer, September 2, 2012 I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you courage and strength at time difficult time. Elaine Heitz, September 2, 2012 I thought of you and Jim several times yesterday. I'm so sorry to hear this. Know that you and your entire family are in our prayers. Donna Reinsch, September 2, 2012 We are very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We're thinking of you at this time. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Maribeth Reece, September 2, 2012 As always, I am for a loss of consoling words when a friend dies. I am deeply sorry for your loss and for all of your family. May you all be in Gods hands and know he has you in his heart. Jim is at peace now. I cannot make it to the funeral. I am sure Jim will hear my good words and thoughts. Tom Koontz, September 2, 2012 So sorry to hear about Jim, but God knows the better timing. We prayed for your family this morning and will continue to pray. I’ll be remembering the fun times at the lake, water skiing and fishing. Glenda & Jack Davis, September 2, 2012 My mother Roylene was very upset over Jim Bone's death even though she was a year or so ahead of him.....She had kept him in her prayers all these months. She and my Uncle Rayford thought a lot of him and are saddened ny the death of a great MHS Badger........I of course did not know him but very sorry and condolences to his family and friends....... Chana Holguin, September 2, 2012 So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was an outstanding officer and leader at Brigham. A real class act and someone you were proud to have served with. Bud Watkins, September 2, 2012 It's been another kind of conflict. For me, Jim and Peggy and their family set a high standard of courage, bravery and resolution in the face of all this. It has set a fine example of how to live a life for all of us. Count me in if we can all give a Brigham cheer for them. Doug McCartney, September 2, 2012 Although we were expecting this for some time, it is still hard to comprehend his loss. We shall always remember him fondly and wish Peggy the best during her time of bereavement. Dennis Finuf, September 2, 2012 Glenn and I are so sorry to hear about Jim. We are so glad we came by to visit with you last year, we enjoyed that visit so much. We would love to be there with you, but will wait till a later time to come visit during a less stressful time. You know if you need anything, please feel free to call us. We will be thinking about you and your family during this time. Kaye & Glenn McBride, September 2, 2012 Peggy – BB and I were deeply saddened to hear about Jim. We know he fought it as long as he could. God bless you and your family. Our prayers are with you. Mark Nugent, September 2, 2012 Jim a was tremendous influence on all who served with him at Brigham. I will always remember watching him control the post strike Green anchor tanker orbit. I wondered if I was ever going to have the ability that he so calmly demonstrated. However, Jim and the rest of the old Brighamites took the time and extended their unending patience to groom us young guys into a well oiled crew able to carry on the proud Brigham traditions. I will always cherish those chaotic months spent with some of the finest officers and enlisted personnel I had the honor to serve with in my 26 year Air Force career. God Bless, Carl Ennis, September 2, 2012 As Rosacrucians, which we both are, we believe that such thoughts of love -agape, rather- will reach a person who has just passed this threshold into a clear consciousness void of the limits of darkened earthly awareness. My feelings are much the same. May it also comfort you yourself. quote Let my love envelop you, cooling the heat acquired in toil and sacrifice. Live loveborne, enlightened, ascending. Frans Hartgers, September 2, 2012 I appreciate Festus bringing us up to date on our "Warrior Jim". As expected he put up a good fight. His skill as a controller was awesome and a model for us to follow. Though I was on the other crew, I knew of and respected Jim's talent. I agree with Carl in that we all had a special time in our lives at Brigham. I have shared with folks all of my life of this remarkable experience. My hat is off to all of our Brigham guys. We will miss Jim, but not forget him. Bill Milligan, September 2, 2012 I miss Jim!!! He was the one I followed as a controller at Brigham. I discovered after I went to Brigham that I was in a very unique place with an incredible job to do with very high expectations for all of us. My training at Brigham was excellent and capped on top of my earlier training at Dressy Lady where I got TAC 1 qualified with the Deuces out of Don Muong. When Don Perala and I were shipped by truck up to Brigham it was a complete change. I discovered Jim Bone because all of the rest of the people on the crew would talk about the “Low Greens” and I had to find out. I started plugging in on another vacant scope, off-centered, flipped on Jim’s frequency and started to try to understand what Jim Bone did that was so special. Incredible things happened!! Jim controlled aircraft that I couldn’t see and got them on tanker with a completely calm voice. I started watching his work as often as I could and finally I started to learn to anticipate how he did it. Jim and Gale Midyett were quite a pair and seemed to just flow with the action without any pause. I didn’t know until many years later that Jim didn’t even know that I was watching him work and trying to be as good as he was. I’m glad that I finally had the chance to talk to him about this a few years ago when I went to the first mini-reunion in Dallas and stayed over at Peggy and Jim’s home. My hope is that this note doesn’t sound like it is about me but rather about what Jim Bone was. He was very special. Roger Barenz, September 2, 2012 We want you to know we are saddened to hear about Jim. John Carl said he was a Devoted friend and will be missed. Our prayers are with you and the family. John Carl and Ann Jones, September 2, 2012 Sincere condolences to you and your family. Far too young. Frank Brown, September 2, 2012 Peggy, James Erle and Marlene, John and I are so very sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We will always remember the good times we had together in Louisiana and then seeing you both again in Virginia. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. Jim is now with his Heavenly Father. Marjorie S. Cooper, September 2, 2012 I remember Jim when he used to visit my parents, Jack and Joan Righter in Ohio. So sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Peggy and family. Chris Righter Haeuptle, September 1, 2012 We are saddened to hear about Jim. He was a Devoted friend and will be missed. Jim and I met before 1st grade, and were best friends from then on, and I will always think about the good times we had. May his soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon him. JOHN CARL AND ANN JONES, August 31, 2012 Sincere condolences Peggy. Fond memorieschambers Frank E. Brown, August 30, 2012 Deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I, like so many other young Lt's had the great honor to serve with Jim at Brigham during the 1966-1967 time frame. I will always remember how calm and professional he always remained during the most intense air control situations. He was always generous with his time and spent countless hours turning us into seasoned, confident weapons controllers. Later in my Air Force career I found myself remembering those hectic days in the dark room at the 621st TCS. Jim, you made me a better officer and i will always be in your debt. Carl Ennis, August 30, 2012 Peggy, George & I send our heartfelt condolences to you & your family. I will always remember "Jimmy" as a part of my wonderful childhood in McCamey. He was such as kind & funny guy. I am very glad I got to see him a year ago & finally to meet you. It meant so much to me. Kaybeth Fisher Zacek James Arthur Bone, August 30, 2012 Jim Bone was my mentor as a Weapons Controller at Brigam in 1967. His ability to control aircraft under stress was incredible. He was the BEST! He changed my life from one of stress to one of excitement for what comes next. Sawat Dee Jim. Roger Kent Barenz, August 30, 2012 Dear Peggy, Evelyn and I send our most sincere condolences on Jim's passing. Be assured that our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of great sadness. Jerry L. Kaffka, August 30, 2012 Marlene, Thinking of you and your family during your time of sorrow. You are in our prayers. Laura and Wayne Williams Laura Reese Williams, August 30, 2012 Jim will always be a center of my childhood memories--fun, energetic, and loyal. Dance classes, sports, church, and civic events...always present and always involved. He treasured his family, his friends and his country. He will be remembered and missed by all his friends. Barbara Reeves Moore, August 30, 2012 My agent Hank Wang forwarded me the sad news about Jim, I wish Peggy and her family well and have my player reaching out to Jim. Regards, Man Man Loh, August 30, 2012 I want you all to know that Jim considered me a good friend. He was one of so many good Americans I met in my life. My communications with him ended with: "God bless you and America". And so a faraway Dutchman repeats to you that Memorial: To me Jim was the friend at first sight when we met at NATO Headquarters in 1976. I always admired his wit. Such as, when introducing me to someone: "Frans is a fighter pilot but I don't hold that against him". Thank you ever so much, Jim, for crossing my path. With you all in these moments of mourn, Yours sincerely, Frans C.J. Hartgers Thaler Berg 33 Frans Hartgers, August 30, 2012 THE BOND WE SHARED WILL LIVE ON IN MY THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES. THANK YOU "CAPT BONE" FOR BEING A PART OF MY LIFE. GALE MIDYETT, August 30, 2012 Jim, you will be missed by all of your friends at the 601st TCA yearly reunion. Jim Ernst, 601st TCA Secretary/Treasurer James Arthur Bone, August 30, 2012 To me Jim was the friend at first sight when we met at NATO Headquarters in 1976. I will always remember him by his wit. Such as, introducing me to someone: "Frans is a fighter pilot but I don't hold that against him". Thank you ever so much for crossing my path. Frans C.J. Hartgers, August 30, 2012 I helped Jim and Peggy move to Las Cruces. Jim was full of life at that time. He had a fun sense of humor, deeply cared for his family and country and truly adored Peggy. Jim really marveled at our Organ Mountains, as we all do. His main request with a house was to be able to see "those mountains"! I can only hope Jim enjoyed his Organ Mountain views while living here. I am glad I knew Jim Bone who was such a wonderful "American". Patricia K. Kirkpatrick, August 30, 2012 Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with the Bone family. Cheryl Pucci, August 29, 2012