FAIRBURY – A Jefferson County man who served his country in the U.S. Air Force was honored this week by the Jefferson County Commissioners as part of an ongoing recognition effort.
Richard Bugbee entered the Air Force in October 1950 where he worked on the Flight Line as an airplane and engine mechanic. This was the period of time when reciprocating airplane engines were being replaced by jet engines. Though Richard enjoyed his time in the Air Force, he had left a father who farmed with horses on the family farm at Steele City. He was granted a dependency discharge and returned to the Steele City Farm in May of 1951 in time to plant spring oats.
89 year old, Bugbee has been a member of the Steele City American Legion for 65 years while serving as Adjutant and Post Commander during that time. He is currently serving his tenth year as President of the Jefferson County Veterans Committee.
Jefferson County officials continue to honor veterans of the armed services on the first Tuesday of every month.