Cornerstone Ridge Plaza resident Ira Kissling was honored as a member of the Central Prairie
Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Oct. 5. He was accompanied by his daughter, Carol Gardenhire.
Ira served in the Navy for 22 months during WW II. He was a sonar technician on the Destroyer USS Hickox stationed out of San Francisco. The Hickox was an anti-submarine battle ship in the Pacific. Ira graduated from the Sonar Operation course on March 10, 1945. He then graduated from the Sonar Maintenance course on June 2 of that year.
After the war, Ira attended Washburn University and received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in June of 1950. He met his wife, Mary, at church while he was attending college. They married and had two sons and a daughter. Ira worked as a loan officer for the Farm Credit for 20 years. He and Mary lived in Bartlesville, Winfield and Wichita. He also worked as an office manager for two different car dealerships in Wichita. He became a CPA, then worked as a bank examiner in St. Paul, Minn. for four years. While in St. Paul his three children attended college and graduated from the university