A native of Alliance, OH, Wil entered the Navy after a short college coaching career. He served 20 years as a Surface Line Officer, including 7 ship’s company tours and one afloat staff tour. Following his command tour, he retired as an O-5. Wil then embarked on a 20 year Financial Services career during which he built his own company and worked extensively with small businesses and venture capital companies. A college history major, Wil has always maintained his interest and enthusiasm for history. The PBY Memorial Foundation provides him a means to convert a “pastime” into a productive pursuit that makes a contribution to preserving our nation’s Naval Heritage.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Jim completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Northwestern University. After a six-year tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to Northwestern to do post-graduate work in Psychology. Upon recommendation from Northwestern, a 3M Company recruiter hired him and a move to company headquarters in St. Paul followed. His 18-year career with 3M included many trips to the Pacific Northwest. The attraction of this area was too great to ignore and a move to Washington followed. Since 1980, Jim has been the promotions director for Bellevue Square mall, a Financial Planner for American Express, an assistant manager of a bus company serving three communities in the suburban Seattle area and most pleasantly retired. He and his wife, Cori, divide their time among the Whidbey Playhouse, Whidbey Presbyterian Church, and the PBY Memorial Foundation.
Onee was raised in Seattle, Washington, and is a University of Washington graduate with degrees in Sociology and Education. She taught for thirty-six years in multi-cultural/multi-lingual schools, with her last years in an aviation program where grade school children were taught to fly. Wife of a Naval Officer, Onee has lived on Whidbey Island for over forty years. She has had a lifelong interest in history, has been a member of the PBY Memorial Foundation since its early years, and has been PBYMF Corporation secretary since 2007.
John is from Ironwood, Michigan and was commissioned through the NROTC program at the University of Idaho with a BS in Mathematics. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer and flew as a Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6 Intruder with VA-85 based at NAS Oceana, VA and flew off the USS Forrestal during two Mediterranean cruises. Later tours included an Instructor of Naval Science at UCLA where he obtained an MBA Degree in Finance and Investments and a follow-on tour as Hanger Deck Officer aboard the USS Ranger. He continued his Naval Reserve Service at NAS Whidbey Island flying as a P-3 Navigator and completed 26 years of active an reserve service. He was an Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle University and for Chapman University teaching finance, mathematics, statistics as well as various aviation courses. He has owned two airplanes and was a commercial flight instructor. He has been a resident of Oak Harbor since 1976 and is a local business owner.
Chair, Board of Trustees
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Richard joined the Navy after graduating from high school in 1949. During a 33-year navy career, he made numerous deployments with naval aviation units and served in a variety of instructor billets teaching aviation electronics. Selected for the Warrant Officer Program in 1967, Richard retired as a W-4 Warrant Officer in 1982 here on Whidbey Island. After retirement, he taught word processing at the Skagit Valley College, Oak Harbor campus and worked for the USPS as a rural carrier. Richard originally joined the PBYMF in 2004 because of a love of aircraft and history. Richard has been Chairman of the Board since 2007.
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Native of Prescott Arizona, born into a Navy family George moved all over the world and finally settled down in Oak Harbor, Washington. After graduating high school, joined the Navy and served 26 years before retiring on the USS Enterprise CVN-65. George was aircrew in SP5B Marlin, SP2H-7 Neptune, P3A,P3B,P3C Orion, S2F Tracker. George also spend two ships company tours on the USS Enterprise CVN-65, overseas tour at NAS Cubi Point Philippines. George was assigned as Mid check maintenance chief in VS-41 responsible for the maintenance and scheduling for flight of 27 S3B Viking aircraft. After retiring went to work for Honeywell/Alliant Tech Systems/ Hughes Aircraft/Raytheon then retired and settle in Oak Harbor where in 2005 joined the PBYMF.