Frederick J. Sabbs Jr., 47, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and a Washington native, died Saturday at Holyoke Hospital in Holyoke, Mass., following a stroke. He lived in South Hadley, Mass.
Col. Sabbs graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and attended Fayetteville State College in Fayetteville, N. C. He entered the Air Force in 1953 and became a flight cadet at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1954.
Col. Sabbs was a B-52 bomber pilot in the war in Vietnam and flew 111 missions in Southeast Asia. He held the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters. He later was stationed at Westover Air Force Base, 7ass., and was deputy commander for field maintenance at that faciity at the time of his retirement in 1973.
Since leaving the service, Col. Sabbs had been a mathematics teacher in the public school system of Springfield, Mass.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Gannaway, of South Hadley; three sons, Darrell, of Washington, and Frederick iii and Patrick, both of South Hadley; a daughter, Gina, also of South Hadley; his parents, Frederick J. Sabbs Sr. and Helen Robinson Reed, both of Washington and one sister, Gwendolyn Fields, also of Washington.