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AF Academy funeral for Aviano F-16 pilot

Mar. 23, 2013 - 10:15AM   |  
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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — An Air Force pilot who died after a training mission over the Adriatic Sea has been buried at the Air Force Academy's cemetery in Colorado.

The academy held a graveside funeral service Friday for Maj. Lucas F. Gruenther. His body was recovered on Jan. 31, a few days after his F-16 fighter jet disappeared during a mission.

Gruenther was part of the academy's graduating class of 2003. A memorial service was held for him earlier this year in Italy.

Gruenther was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano Air Base in Italy.

He is survived by his wife, Cassy, and daughter, Serene. The Gazette reports his wife, daughter and parents were among nearly 100 people who attended his funeral service Friday.

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