Major Willard J. Teel, US Air Force, Ret. 80, passed away February 18, 2009. Survived by his wife, Betty Irene; children, John, Brian (Eileen) and Susan (Alvin) Garcia; ten grandchildren; three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son, Daniel Paul; and one brother. Willard retired from the U.S. Air Force, in 1969, as an instructor and tanker pilot. He served in the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam Conflict. Willard was a member of the retired Air Force Association, Daedalians, the Smithsonian Air & Space, and the Elks and Legion Clubs. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Dr. Family and friends will be received immediately following the service at the Elks Lodge, 426 N. Santa Fe Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colorado Heart and Diabetes Association through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. I thought of all my family members there at the service today. I just wished I could be there with you sharing all our fun memories. The best one I have is Uncle Willard taking me on my first airplane ride! I thought we were doing stunts but I think we were just leaning one way to turn around. He got a good laugh looking at my face! I just remember loving to talk to him because he was always so interesting and had such good stories. Aunt Irene, John, Brian and Susan, keep smiling and sharing your memories. He would want it that way. Love you all……Paula

  2. Our condolences from my self and wife Sue, I will always remember the times that Willard and I went out and did aerobatics in the Aerobat. He always had a smile on his face and we had a great time. He was a special person in the initial years of my flying. God bless – Terry

  3. I feel so sadden in the passing of Willard and for all his loved ones he has left behind but what better place is there than with Our good Lord God bless him and all his family God have mercy on his soul He will be missed

  4. Rose and Deanna are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We smile when we think of the family reuntion being held in Heaven. It’s nice to know we have another wonderful gaurdian angel looking down upon us. Our love to you and the family.

  5. Mrs. Teel,
    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Willard. He was a shirttail relative of my dad (Jim Lee). My dad’s mom was a Teel by marriage. We are from the Indianola/Bartley Nebraska area. The last time I saw Willard, he brought me some oil paints and paint brushes to our house. I know you will miss him.
    Sandie (Lee) Hawkins

  6. To my favorite Uncle. I will never forget the time at your airport when I was young and trying to flag a plane in. Scared me, but gave all of you a great laugh. Thanks for the memories. Rest in peace.

  7. My eternal thanks for his flight service where I learned to fly.
    Also thanks for flying my airplane to Alaska in 1977. I am still here. Dennis

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