CMSgt Blaine R. Means (Retired), age 71, of Oak Island went to be with our Lord on Saturday, February 3, 2018.
He was born January 30, 1947 in Los Angeles, California the son of the late Beverley Lafayette Means and Betty Detwiler Means. He is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Denise Means and wife, Charlene Means.
He attended Simi Valley High School and then joined the US Air Force in 1964. He bravely served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield and finished his 30 year career at AMC Headquarters, Scott AFB. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal just to mention a few.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Donna Crawford Means; devoted and loving daughter, Amanda Castro of Oroville, CA and her children, Gina and Shelby Castro; special daughters, Kristy Corley (Robby) of Columbia, SC and their children Jenna Kaye and Harlie Corlie, Robin Palumbo Thompson (Tommy) of Rehoboth Beach and their children Reed and Britt Thompson, and Angela Palumbo Hastings (Allen) of Middletown, DE and their daughter Lucy Hastings; grandson, Brent Means and wife Danni; son, Brian Means of Nebraska; his two fur girls, Maggie and Delilah; and numerous other family and friends.
A service to honor Mr. Means dedicated service to his country will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Oak Island.
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The very first time I met Blaine was upon my arrival at the Travis Passenger Terminal for my new assignment at the 75th. With a lit cigarette he handed me a beer after I got in his car and he took me to bldg 120. He told the dorm loads; “this is a new guy, take care of him,” and left. He was someone you wanted to please because his opinion mattered. Great memories and an even greater person, thanks and God Bless Blaine.
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