Alex F. Sedlecky, Retired Civil Service Procurement Contracting Officer and Major USAF, born October 19, 1924, slipped the surly bonds of earth on April 8, 2019.
Alex is survived by 5 children, Maureen Nation (Fred) of Daphne, AL, Brian (Margaret) of Bay Minette, AL, Alexander (Karen) of Mobile, AL, Daniel (Leiah) of Cumming, GA, and Valerie Snyder (Paul) of Navarre, FL; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Snyder (Rowena), Rachel Hansen (John), Stephanie Sedlecky (Russell Gwin), Sara Griffin (Brandon), Laura Cedillo (Joey), Gregory Sedlecky, Michelle Snyder (Nathaniel Shepherd), Michael Snyder, Nicole Clements (Matthew) and Nathan Packard (Jess); 15 great grandchildren, Nikolas and Roman Snyder, Kaylis , Gavin and Hayley Hansen, Ashlyn Sedlecky, Kaia, Chloe, and Dylan Griffin, Julian and Audrey Cedillo, Samuel, Noah and Gabriel Clements, and Kaleigh Packard; brother, Robert Sedlecky (Connie) of Strongsville, OH, and daughter-in-law Teresa Packard of Groveport, OH.
Alex was preceded in death by his wife and childhood sweetheart from the age of 10, Margaret “Peggy” (Grove) Sedlecky, his parents, Alexander and Frances Pesout Sedlecky, brother, Carl Sedlecky, sister, Mary Miller, son, Robert Packard, 2 grandsons, Shane Sedlecky, and Daniel Snyder, and great grandson, Benjamin Clements.
Alex was a fighter pilot during World War II, flying P-40 and P-47 aircraft. He was also a B-29 flight engineering officer and pilot, and flew, in addition to various trainer aircraft, the B-25, B-17, B-24 and C-47. Aviation became a passion at an early age inspired, to a large extent, by the giant dirigibles that glided overhead from the nearby Naval Air Station. As a young spectator at the National Air Races in Cleveland, OH, he had the honor of meeting such aviation luminaries as Jimmy Doolittle and Roscoe Turner. He later found it memorable as an aviation cadet when receiving his Army Air Corps Primary flight training by his instructor, who was one of the members of an aerobatics team at those National Air Races.
Alex was a contracting officer for numerous research and development weapons programs. He concluded his career as Chairman of the Procurement Committee at Eglin AFB functioning, from time to time, as Acting Deputy Director of Procurement. He held a number of other positions in the Air Force including that of Industrial Property Officer, Industrial Security Officer, Legal Officer, Armament and Munitions Officer and Member of the Inspector General’s Team. Alex was a lawyer certified to practice before the Bar of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals.
Alex’s family wishes to thank the staff at Emerald Coast Hospice for their loving and professional care. A private celebration of life service will be held at a future date. Interment will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your selected charitable cause.