Darold ‘Gene’ Atha

USAF MSgt. (ret) Darold “Gene” Atha, 86, of Fairborn, died Friday, July 28, 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia “Joyce” (Elliott) Atha; daughter, Annette (Atha) (Stephen) Dunbar; son, Stephen Atha; two grandsons; a sister, Willa (Atha) Melick; and a brother-in-law, Clifford (Janet) Elliott.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Atha; his mother, Eva (Hunker) Milton; and a number of aunts and uncles.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served until he retired in 1977. He additionally served as a civil servant, retiring in 1995.

Visitation will be 3 p.m. until the time of his memorial service at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn. The Rev. Greg Trout will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.