O.V. Lancaster was born on a rural Stanford farm in 1923.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940.
By 1943, he had completed pilot training and was shipped to England during World War Two.
O.V. flew 29 bombing missions and 44 reconnaissance missions in Europe.
He earned a distinguished flying cross and an air medal for his service.
As a captain, he moved from active duty to the reserves from 1945 to 1953.
When he returned home, O.V. worked multiple jobs near Normal to provide for his family, all while being active with the Masons and the Shriners.
O.V. and his wife Dorris recently turned 90.
They will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary later this year