BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT H. HORMANN, 87, passed away Friday at his home. A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, the South Side High School graduate joined the U.S. Army in October of 1942, becoming an aviation cadet in January of 1943. Hormann received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in April of 1944. During his 38 years of military service, Hormann served on active duty during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Berlin Crisis. He flew 41 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations and served on many short tours of duty in support of unit exercises. With over 5,800 hours of military flight time, Hormann piloted 13 types of aircraft from the Spitfire and P-51 Mustang to the T-33 and F-84. Following active duty, Hormann rejoined the Indiana Air National Guard in November of 1947 where he served as Flight Commander, Fighter Squadron Commander, Chief of Maintenance, and Deputy Wing Commander with the 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing and 163rd Fighter Squadron based at Baer Field. Hormann was appointed Assistant Adjutant General for Air in December of 1978, promoted to General in August of 1979, and retired in October of 1980.
Among the more than dozen awards and decorations, Brigadier General Hormann received during his career are the World War II Victory Medal, Air Medal, Legion of Merit, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Indiana Distinguished Service Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
Brigadier General Hormann was a member the of Waynedale Masonic Lodge, 739 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Shrine Mizpah Temple, Quiet Birdmen and American Fighter Pilot Association.
Survivors include by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, son, Kent and brother, Richard Hormann of Fort Wayne.
Service was 10 a.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Dr. John Stephen Park officiating. Calling was from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials to S.P.C.A.
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