John Gainey


Lt. Col. USAF, retired, John F. Gainey passed away May 24, 2020.
John was born July 10, 1942, to Thomas and Hazel Gainey in Darlington.
After graduating from The Citadel in 1964, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and assigned to navigator training at James Connally AFB in Waco, Tex.
After further specialized training he was assigned as a B-52 navigator.
John spent most of his 25-year Air Force career as a B-52 navigator, radar navigator, instructor and Weapons System Trainer chief instructor.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, he was employed as a Tandy Computer Center manager, and then as administrative director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington for nine years.
He was predeceased by Nina, his wife of 43 years.
Survivors are sister Sarah Gainey of Charleston; son Michael Gainey of Irving; daughter Heather Chandler; grandson Ryan and granddaughter Jordan, all of Fort Worth.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warriors at woundedwarriorproject.org.
Services were May 28 in Laurel Land Main Chapel. Burial was to follow services.

Author: Rachel Howell

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