Marion “Mack” Angel, LtCol USAF, Ret., “Headed West” on February 9, 2024.
It is with deep sorrow and a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Marion Mack Angel, a true American hero and patriot, devoted husband and father, adored grandfather, loving brother, and loyal friend. Mack, as he was affectionately known, soared into the heavens from Overland Park, Kansas on February 9, 2024, at the age of 86.
Born on November 17, 1937, to Edith and John Angel in Harrison, Arkansas, Mack’s journey began with a spirit of adventure that ultimately led him to a distinguished career as a fighter pilot for the US Air Force under the call sign “Hippo.” His bravery and commitment as a Wild Weasel were exemplified during his service in the Vietnam War, where he flew 100 missions North. His unparalleled skill and dedication earned the respect and admiration of his country and fellow servicemen and women and military honors including the Silver Star for exhibiting gallantry while risking life above and beyond the call of duty.
Mack’s illustrious career reached new heights when he became a member of the prestigious US Air Force Thunderbirds, showcasing his exceptional abilities and representing the epitome of precision and excellence in flying. His time with the Thunderbirds solidified his status as an elite aviator and a symbol of American strength and pride.
Upon retiring from the USAF after 21 years of loyal service, Mack continued his successful aviation career as a demonstration pilot for Cessna Aircraft and then as a corporate pilot for Pizza Hut and Frito-Lay. Mack ultimately turned his aviation career into a hobby and retired to Pecan Plantation Airpark in Granbury, Texas where he spent many glorious years piloting his Bonanza and restoring his 1953 and 1962 Corvettes.
Beyond the skies, Mack was a loving and devoted family man. He is survived by his cherished wife Connie with whom he shared a lifetime of love and companionship throughout their 60 years of marriage. Mack leaves behind a legacy of love and strength that extends to his three daughters and their husbands: Sheryl and Tim of Stilwell, Kansas; Tiffany and Alberto of Newton, Massachusetts; and Celeste and Thad of Leawood, Kansas; and to his six grandchildren Chance, Cole, Sofia, Santi, Maxwell, and Theo. His adoration extended further to his surviving brother Clark of Little Rock, Arkansas and his sister Ann of Harrison, Arkansas and to his pre-deceased brother Roger of Forsythe, Missouri.
Mack was a beacon of inspiration for all who knew him. His kindness, courage, and unwavering commitment to family and country will forever be etched in our hearts. The memories of his daring flights, enduring charm, and warm laughter will continue to resonate, reminding us of the extraordinary man who touched the skies and our lives.
Mack’s wings may no longer grace the clouds, as he has “flown west”, but his spirit will soar eternally in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him and as he is fittingly laid to rest with honors at a National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association in Mack’s memory.