Basil "Buz" Lewis Commons, 89
Major Basil Lewis "Buz" Commons, USAF (Ret.) 89, of Reston, Va., passed away peacefully on Aug. 28, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Basil was born in Hopkins on June 3, 1925, the eldest child of the late Harry and Irene (Beck) Commons.
Major Commons joined the Army Air Corps at the age of 18 on Sept. 10, 1943, where he earned his pilot wings in 1945. An honored World War II veteran, Major Commons served with distinction in the United States Air Force for 20 years. Major Commons was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as mission commander for the daring Eighth Air Force Arctic Rescue Operations Mission in November 1958, saving the lives of 20 scientists and airmen stranded on shattered Ice Floe Alpha in the Arctic Ocean.
Major Commons retired from the United States Air Force in 1963 and relocated his family to the Washington, D.C. area where he enjoyed successful careers in real estate and private business.
"Buz" as Major Basil L. Commons was lovingly known to all, is survived by his dear wife of 62 years Frances Nell (Wilder); five children, Susan D. Commons Goble (Jim), Major General David L. Commons USAF (Ret.) (Barbara), Carla Commons, John B. Commons (Christin) and Norma Commons Ramsey (Russ); as well as sisters Hazel (Hank), Norma, Gayle (Lawrence); a brother Dennis (Lois); and sisters-in-law, Beverly, Joyce and Beverly. He also leaves behind seven adoring grandchildren, Chris, Michael, Bailey, Eric, Mark, Grayson and Paige; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Max, Robert and Paul.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Inova Trauma Center, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, call 703-776-2274, or visit
https://foundation.inova.org/donate-now. Please specify Trauma Department.
Memorial service and interment with full military honors will be Jan. 8, 2015, at Arlington National Cemetery.