Frederick W. Joy, Jr. – Colonel, United States Air Force

Colonel Frederick W. Joy Jr. United States Air Force (Retired) 84, of Scottsdale, Arizona, went home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2008.


He was born May 18, 1924 in Leonardo, New Jersey, and began his military career when he was sent to Peekskill Military Academy in New York in 1936. While attending The Citadel Military College, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps when the U.S. entered World War II. He gained his First Lieutenant wings in 1943 at age 19 and was a P-51 fighter pilot with the Flying Tigers in the Asian Theater. He earned a Purple Heart when he was shot down in China where he spent 54 days behind enemy lines.

After earning a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in 1949, he rejoined the Air Force. His eventful and successful Air Force career included crash landing a DC-3 in an Alaskan winter after losing both engines in 1950, crossing the Atlantic in 4 hours and 50 minutes in 1954, flying with the Strategic Air Command Fail Safe System during the Cold War, flying the first hydrogen bombs into the Pacific in 1956, several tours of duty at the Pentagon including War Plans during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and was Assistant Air Attaché in Madrid, Spain.

His many decorations included the Legion of Merit for outstanding service to the United States.

He was an Intelligence Officer and a rated Command Pilot, Navigator and Bombardier.

He earned an M.S. in Governmental Administration from George Washington University in 1966.

After retiring in 1970, he became Executive Director of the Hennepin County, Minnesota Welfare Department; then General Manager, L'Hotel Sofitel; and later Human Services Director/ County Administrator, Dakota County, Minnesota.

He moved to Arizona in 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; step-sons, Jimmy and Bob Flinn; daughters, Stephanie, Michele, and Ann Joy; former wife, Sherry Joy; three grandsons, three granddaughters, one great-grand daughter, several nephews and life-long friend, Pete Berbec. He was pre-deceased by daughter, Suzanne Joy.

Fred was fiercely patriotic, loved the ocean and taught his children to fish and appreciate the sea. Stamp collecting and fishing were favorite pastimes.

He will be dearly missed.

The family wishes to thank caregiver Daniela Geonkova for her kindness and care.

Memorial services will be held at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale on Thursday July 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Interment with full military honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Save the Children Fund at


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 05/18/1924
  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/27/2008


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