Howard S. “Tick” Loitwood, Jr.

Howard Sutton Loitwood, Jr. (Tick) 81, died March 14, 2020 in Youngstown, Ohio.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1939 to Howard S. and Kathryn Reichenbach Loitwood. Howard attended Gettsburg High School and South Dakota State University. During summers of his college years, he worked for the Smithsonian on digs with he Archeology Department.

Tick served honorably in the Air Force from 1961 to 1969. While flying as a F100 pilot in the Vietnam War, he received many honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross (First Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Force Outstanding Service Award, Vietnam Service Medal with Star, Gallantry Cross and 20 other commendations and medals.

After his Air Force service, he became a commercial pilot with Continental Airlines and later moved to USAir where he retired as a Captain in 1998.

He was a member of the Super Saber Society, VFW, and American Legion. In 2011 Tick received his Fifty Year Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of South Dakota.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Christopher, and his sister, Diana Webb of Gettysburg.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lynn Loitwood, his daughter, Lisa Jean (Chandler) Dunah, two granddaughters of California, and aunts Shirley Nagel of Gettypburg, SD and Joanne Strader of Colorado

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ohltown Methodist Church (Howard Loitwood Memorial Fund) 2001 Ohltown Road, Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440

One response to “Howard S. “Tick” Loitwood, Jr.”

  1. David Meyer, PhD, PE says:

    Mrs. Loitwood,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will remember Howard forever as Lt. Loitwood. who flew my F-100 at RAF Wethersfield from 1962 -1965. I was also the aircraft crew chief when we went to France and “Tick” won the strafing event. Our 55 TFS had five ground crew at this event. Our munitions crew chief and myself played principal roles. When it was over the News papers read, “Lt. Loitwood – TOP GUN IN THE WORLD”. In that era Howard gave me great direction by inspiring me to pursue education when I returned to civilian life. I took his advise. in addition became a licensed pilot and have been flying for over 50 years.

    I live ar 1375 Black Oak Dr., Dayton , Ohio 45459 937-439-3950

    Two months ago Dennis Sheehan from the 20th TFW reunion asked me to write an article about Howard and the strafing event. I have past orders, and newspaper articles for the Wetherfield Wingman, but I have no pictures of Howard in his uniform. This article being written will be published in our quartly 20th TFW reunion newsletter. If I have your current e-mail or home address I’d be pleased to send you a copy. Any pictures can be sent to: David G. Meyer, PhD, PE at

    Again, Howard was a great man who helped many and he will be sadly missed.

    Dave Meyer

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