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James “Jim” Richard Cyrus
1935 - 2014

James “Jim” Richard Cyrus, 79, of Wichita Falls, passed away Saturday, Dec. 27.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cowboy Church of Iowa Park.

Graveside services with full military honors will follow at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Jim was born on March 29, 1935 in Washington Court House, Ohio to Dorothy Jordan and Homer Cyrus where he resided until he joined the United States Air Force. He married AlaVerta “Bertie” McKnight on Oct. 12, 1953. He started his Air Force career in 1953 and retired from active duty service in 1979. He saw service in the Vietnam Conflict, participating in the hazardous duty of recovering downed US and allied aircraft when he was wounded. He spent most of his 26 year Air Force career as a Flight Engineer on various aircraft including the B-29, the KC-97, and the C-124 Globemaster II. After retirement from active duty, he continued to serve via Civil Service. After Civil Service he was employed by Ratheon Corp until retirement. His later years were spent around his family and tending to his ranch. He held several degrees and various professional licenses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Dorothy Cyrus; brothers, Robert and Jack Cyrus; sister, Vivian Cyrus Bryson, and one great grandson, Hunter Salas.

Survivors include his wife, Bertie Cyrus; son Steven Cyrus of London, England; four daughters, Sheryl Kingcade of Iowa Park; Sandy Thompson of Carrollton; and Barbara Cyrus and Jaymie Nix, both of Wichita Falls; a sister, Lynda Williams of Washington C.H., Ohio; six grandchildren: and three great grandchildren.

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