SAN DIEGO — Larry J. Pankau, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), died on Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at his home in San Diego.

He suffered from heart disease and had a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old.

Larry was born on February 1, 1939, in Dickson, Tennessee, the son of Frances Elizabeth VonBergen and Herbert Finley Robinson. He grew up in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area and graduated from Central High School in 1957. He attended the University of Chattanooga before starting a distinguished career in the United States Air Force in August of 1958.

Larry graduated as a second lieutenant in 1963 and completed his pilot training in the spring of 1964. In 1965, he was a member of the 367th Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb wing that was part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) based at McCoy AFB in Orlando, Fla. For five years he alternated duty between Vietnam and SAC. He also flew over 250 B-52 combat missions over Vietnam from 1965 through 1970 from bases in Guam and Thailand, known as Operation Arc Light missions. He retired from the Air Force in 1978 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of distinguished service and over 9,000 flight hours.

After retiring from the Air Force and relocating to the San Diego area, Larry had several professions in the defense industry for General Dynamics. He also started and ran an executive search firm that specialized in the defense industry. Larry was Vice President of Investments for UBS/Paine Webber up until 2002 when he retired.

Larry had a deep love for golf, fishing and poker, but golf was his passion. He had just recently been a volunteer at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Elizabeth VonBergen; and father, Herbert Finley Robinson; sisters, Ann and Meryl; brother, John.

Larry is survived by his wife, Martha; daughters, Cindy Carmack, Beaufort, S.C., and Susan Pankau, San Diego; sons, Chris Pankau, Ringgold, Ga., Chuck Pankau, Bentonville, Ark., and Larry Jr., Dalton, Ga.; five grandchildren, John, Aubrie, Ryan, Colton and Ben; and brother, Bill, Hiram, Ga.

There will be a funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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