Note: Rodney Sherman was a pilot with the Air National Guard in Sioux Falls, SD. He was killed when his F-100 fighter Jet crashed in Lake Madison near Madison, SD. MADISON, SD -- A South Dakota Air National Guard pilot was killed Thursday when his jet fighter crashed and burned on the south shore of Lake Madison near Woods Resort at 250 p.m. A National Guard spokesman identified the pilot as Capt. Rodney E. Sherman, 31, of Sioux Falls, SD. He said the craft was an F100D Super Sabre on a routine training mission without armament. The spokesman said a team from Bergstrom Air Force Base in Texas would be flown to Madison to investigate the cause of the crash. Fireman from Madison and Wentworth were called to the scene, and a National Guard force patrolled the area. Witnesses said the plane was trailing black smoke and emitting strange noises just before it crashed between a road and the lake shore. Capt. Sherman lived at 2033 S. Duluth Ave., with his mother, Mrs. Marjorie L. Sherman. He was born at Spencer, Iowa on October 13, 1938. He was graduated from Washington High School, Sioux Falls, SD in 1956 and attended South Dakota State University and Augustana College. He joined the Air National Guard November 17, 1956 as an aircraft mechanic and was commissioned a second lieutenant October 4, 1962. He was graduated from two pilot training courses in 1964. He had been a draftsman for Ward B. Whitwam & Associates architects for 10 years before joining the Shercraft Corp. in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be held at 130 p.m. Monday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lyle Parks, and a grandmother, Mrs. Hazel Orner, both of Sioux Falls, SD.
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