Lt. Col Milo H. Fields Jr. (ret), 88, Letona, Ark., passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

Milo was born May 24, 1925, in Osawatomie, and the only child of Milo H. and Stella M. Fields.

A career military veteran, he received a Masters in Engineering from Arizona State University and a Masters in Nursing from Pittsburg State University. He married Odessia I. Escue in 1949, raising a family while stationed to locations around the world before retiring to Wellsville in 1970.

Milo enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and shortly after his Navy discharge was accepted into the newly formed U.S. Air Force cadet training program. He received his pilot wings and commission in 1949. Milo’s 27 years of service to his country included combat duty in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. On retiring he pursued a second career as a registered nurse and instructor with St. Joseph, University Kansas Hospital, Kansas City.

Milo is survived by two children, daughter Dana L. Hanna, Letona, Ark., and son Milo H. Fields III, South Pasadena, Fla. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Amy G. Hanna, Travis L. Fields and Corie M. St. Germain; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a veteran’s charity of your choosing. Milo and Odessia’s remains will be laid to rest in private memorial service at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.

Roller-Daniel Funeral Home, Searcy, in charge of arrangements.

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