David John Ledum was born November 5, 1963. He died January 4, 2018 in his home in Cibolo, TX at the age of 54, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle against brain cancer.
Dave Ledum graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. He then became an officer in the United States Air Force. He served for 20 years as a pilot where he earned the nickname “Chewie”. He flew the B-52, the T-38, the KC-10, the T-1, and the KC-135. He earned the rank of Major. He retired in August of 2006.
In 1990, Dave married Karla Herslip. They were happily married for 27 years. With Karla, he had five daughters. He was the epitome of a family man doing whatever he could to show his love. When the girls were little, he could often be found sewing matching outfits for all of his girls, Karla included. When the girls were older, he orchestrated birthday parties, applied eyelashes for dance competitions and attended each and every extracurricular event from dance and band competitions to volleyball tournaments. Dave loved to be with his family. He love Disney and worked at Disneyland when he was in college. Dave also enjoyed going on trips with his family and pizza/movie nights at home with his wife and 5 girls.
Dave was an active member of his church, King of Kings Lutheran Church. He worked with the youth and served as an elder of the congregation. Dave was also actively involved in Girl Scouts and served as the “Cookie Dad” for several years.
After retiring from the Air Force, Dave was an instructor with Flight Safety International. He worked at the company for 9 years. In 2016, Dave started flying for United Airlines.
In July of 2016, Dave was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme. He fought long and hard against the aggressive brain tumor. He will be remembered as a loving father and husband, as well as a leader in his community. Dave is survived by his wife, Karla, his five daughters, Alexandra, 25, Kassandra, 22, Julianna, 17, Victoria, 16, and Natasha, 14.
Dave will be missed by so many. Keep on flying! We love you!