George C. Dostal died December 6, 2020. At the time he was staying in assisted living at the Fountains at Carlotta in Palm Desert. He would have turned 93 in early January.
He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Both of his parents were Czechoslovakian immigrants and George was the first generation born in the US. He attended Franklin High School and graduated early in January 1945 to join the Marines with 3 buddies. He was 17.
After going through boot camp at Camp Pendleton he spent 2 years active duty in China. He went to college at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on the GI Bill and later did graduate work at Iowa State. He also met the love of his life, Lois J. Danford, at Coe College. They were married in Lake Forest, Illinois on August 30, 1952, the summer after both graduated from Coe.
George spent 27 years in the Air Force in TAC, Tactical Air Command. He was in the business of testing airplanes. He was a navigator and helped flight test the F-4 Phantom, F-111 and B-1 bomber, among others during his career. He did a tour in Vietnam in 1968-1969 and flew F-4 Phantoms out of Tan Son Nhat AFB in Saigon.
His final tour was at Edwards AFB where he retired from the Air Force. He worked for Boeing for 14 years, mostly in the B-1 bomber program.
From 1989-2016, after retiring from Boeing, he lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Lois. He moved to Palm Desert to be near family in 2016.
He is survived by his sons: Steve, Casey and John, grandchildren: Whitney Dostal, Ali Johnson, Claire and Erica Dostal and great grandchildren: Michael and Cole Rosten. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 54 years, Lois J. Danford Dostal, and his siblings: Vera Dillon, Val Calderon and Tony Drvota.