Col. James Lester Bannwart, USAF, Ret. age 76 passed away February 20, 2020 following a long illness in Daleville, Virginia.
James was born on February 12, 1944 to the late Lester and Florence Bannwart in Michigan City, Indiana. He worked as a Civil Engineer for the U.S. Air Force for 22 years after graduating from U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1967, also obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri. James worked as Executive Director of the Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority and later served as the Utility Commissioner of Seabrook Island, S.C.
James is survived by 9th grade high school sweetheart and loving wife of 52 years Maryann Chern Bannwart; daughter and son-in-law: Jaime Bannwart (Donald) Shelton; son and daughter-in-law; Thomas (Lisa Bench) Bannwart; grandchildren: Hannah Shelton, Daniel Shelton, Sara Bannwart, Evan Bannwart; siblings: Bob (Mary Ann) Bannwart, and David (Mary Ann) Bannwart.
Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions Jim has requested a toast to the fond memories in his honor.
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