Lt. Col. (Ret.) Thomas E. Straight, 86, of Wilmington Ohio, died 10:30 PM, Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown. He was born February 8, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio. His mother Chloe (Wickerham) Straight and stepfather Ollie Straight preceded him in death.
Tom was a 1952 Wilmington High School graduate and received a BA in business administration from Texas Lutheran University and a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan.
Tom was a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He had 7 years of enlisted service prior to Officer’s Training School, then served 22 additional years as a decorated officer. He thoroughly enjoyed his various assignments in CO, TN, CA, FL, GA, TX, DC, AL, and OH. Some of his many career highlights included: a 1 year tour in Vietnam, C-130 and C-123 navigator, Senior Navigation Instructor, working in the F-16 System Program Office, working with NASA on the first Space Shuttle Columbia, then finishing out his career at WPAFB as an Acquisitions Logistics Manager for the A-10 System Program Office. He also had a successful second career in real estate with Hearth Realty after 20 years as an agent and manager.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Kathey (John) Howard of Beavercreek, Ohio; sons and daughter-in-law, Colonel (ret) Dr. Timothy (Ann) Straight of San Antonio Texas and Lt. Col. (ret) Thomas E. Straight, Jr. of Greenbrier, Arkansas; grandchildren, Thomas E. Straight III, Lauren (Loren) Letterman, Austin (Ashlyn) Howard, Alexander (fiancée, Jaden) Howard, Ashley Howard, Natalie Straight, and Timmy Straight; great grandchildren, Calvin Letterman, Nora Letterman, and Alice Letterman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Ruth (Bailey) Straight, whom he married April 11, 1953; a daughter, Debra Susan; a granddaughter Christina Straight; 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio. A funeral service will follow at 12:30 PM, Saturday. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery.
If desired, contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the Ohio Veterans Home, 2003 Veterans Road, Georgetown, OH 45121.
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Ohio Veterans Home
2003 Veterans Road, Georgetown OH 45121