Lt. Col. Kenneth F. Scattergood, USAF (Ret), passed away on Oct. 31, 2012 at the age of 92 in Waco at the home of his son. Col. Scattergood was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on Nov. 6, 1919 to Frank and Betty Scattergood. His father passed away when he was 12 and he and his mother moved to Toronto. When his mother remarried an American he moved to Moline, Illinois where he graduated from High School in 1937. After a brief stint working for a grocery store, he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was sent to Wyoming. In 1940 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained as an aircraft mechanic. In 1942 he was accepted into a pilot/officers training program and began his primary training in Ballinger, Texas. While there he met and married Billye Jane White.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in March 1943 and spent two years as an instructor pilot before going to the Pacific at the end of the war. He flew seven combat missions before the war ended and his unit flew into Japan as part of the occupying forces.
Following the war he remained in the AAC/USAF, flew C-54s in the Berlin Airlift, and was an Airborne Forward Air Controller in Korea. Following Korea he made the transition to jets and flew a number of airplanes including the RF-84 F and F-104. He retired from active service in 1964. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, 10 Air Medals and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He was inducted into the Southwest Military Museum Hall of Fame in 2003.
Following his retirement he and Billye returned to West Texas and made their home in San Angelo where he was active in the Johnson St. Church of Christ and served as an elder. They traveled extensively and were active RVers.
He was preceded in death by his wife Billye of 66 years in 2009, as well as by his parents and his brother Stan. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Fannin and her husband Al of Rockwall, TX, and son Bob Scattergood and wife Florence of Waco. He has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Although his heart remained in San Angelo, he was grateful and appreciative of the neighbors and his Thursday card playing buddies for their friendship and acceptance during his five years in Waco.
Services will be held at Johnson's Funeral Home in San Angelo and interment will be at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or a charity of choice.