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KENNETH F. LIDIE

Lidie, Kenneth F. Col USAF (Ret) Jan 2, 1925 - Oct 17, 2010 Bellevue. Survived by children, Stephen and wife, Carolyn Lidie, Center Valley, PA, Michael and wife, Lynn Lidie, Council Bluffs, Elisabeth "Betsy" Lidie, Eagle, NE; former wife, Sally Worthington Fine and her husband, Dr. Paul Fine, Omaha; brother, Charles Lidie, Frederick, MD; sisters, Shirley Shafer, Middleton, MD, Doris and husband, Jim Berger, Pearl River, NY; granddaughter, Ryann Wonders and husband, Eric Leatherman; great grandson, Asher Leatherman. TIME OF REMEMBRANCE 6-8pm Wednesday, October 20, Bellevue Memorial Chapel. GRAVESIDE INURNMENT SERVICE Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD at a later date. Memorials Cat House, 1935 Q St, Lincoln, NE, 68503-3654. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St, Bellevue 291-5000

(Omaha World-Herald (NE) - Monday, October 18, 2010)
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Ken Lidie had been a three-sport athlete growing up in Frederick, Md. But it was as an adult that he really hit his stride and a lot of tennis balls.

While stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Lidie became the Air Force champion in tennis and racquetball. In tennis, he was Nebraska State Champion and Missouri Valley Champion in singles in multiple years and in multiple age divisions.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1975, he played in U.S. Tennis Association national tournaments. In 1985, he was ranked No. 3 nationally in the division for men in their 60s.

"He spent his whole life after the Air Force playing tennis," said son Michael Lidie of Council Bluffs.

Retired Air Force Col. Kenneth Franklin Lidie died Sunday at Hillcrest Care Center in Bellevue. The longtime Bellevue resident was 85 and suffered from dementia, his son said.

Among his wins during his tennis playing years were six National Public Parks championship titles and one Canadian Open championship. He also competed in International Tennis Federation tournaments in Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Australia and New Zealand.

Ken Lidie started his military career in July 1943 in the Army Air Corps [sic], serving as a paratrooper in World War II. After the war, he entered the Air Force and became a pilot. He flew fighter bombers and bombers in the Vietnam War.

Survivors also include son Stephen Lidie of Center Valley, Pa.; daughter Elisabeth "Betsy" Lidie of Eagle, Neb.; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

The family will have a time of remembrance for Lidie from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel, 2202 Hancock St. in Bellevue. Graveside services will be at a later date in Frederick.

(Omaha, NE. World Herald)


(courtesy of 'Monzie')

Grave marker for Kenneth F. Lidie in Area RR, Lot 115E, 10 of the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick (Frederick county), Nebraska.

Kenneth enlisted at Baltimore, MD on 1 July 1943 and served in Company F as an NCO during WWI.  He transitioned to the Air Force when it became a separate service in September 1947.  He subsequently became a pilot and flew in Korea and Vietnam.

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