Col. Clifford Adams Spohn, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), 96


Col. Clifford Adams Spohn, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), 96Life CelebrationLife Celebration with Prayers Recited at 11:00 a.m.Clifford Adams "Bud" Spohn, 96 of Solomons, MD died on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Asbury Solomons Retirement Community in Solomons, MD.

Born on December 21, 1915, in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Clifford Spohn and Margaret Rankin.

On May 23, 1942, Bud married his beloved wife of 69 years, Laura Ella Hoeltzel. He earned his doctorate degree in Meteorology from MIT. He was a career Officer in the United States Air Force. During his decorated career he was the Commander of the 6th Weather Wing at Andrews Air Force Base. In 1966, he retired from the Air Force as a Colonel. After retiring he went to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the Deputy Director of the National Environmental Satellite Service. Bud was a member of many clubs and organizations, which included the Military Officers Association of America, Retired Officers Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, American Meteorology Association, World Meteorology Association, and many international meteorological committees. He was a long time active member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. He was also a long time active resident of Asbury Solomons Retirement Community. His hobbies included volunteering with the many organizations he belonged to, reading, singing and playing bridge.

In addition to his wife, Bud is survived by his children, Clifford Spohn II (Sandra) of Albuquerque, NM, Katharine Kettler (Ronald) of Columbia, MO, Barbara Spohn of Bowie, MD, Sally Lowe (Fran Welsh) of Arnold, MD and Michael Spohn (Jill) of Reston VA; 12 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandsons, Clifford Spohn III who died tragically while serving his country in Iraq and Brian Spohn; and his siblings, Katharine Miller and John Spohn.

Family will receive friends for Bud's Life Celebration on Monday, April 30, 2012 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with prayers recited at 11:00 a.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD and another life celebration service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Asbury Solomon's Retirement Community, 11601 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688 with Pastor Meredith Syler and Reverend Ann Strickler presiding.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury Solomons Benevolent Fund, 1110 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688 or Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mount Zion Church Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

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Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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