Col. John A. “Jack” Humphries, Jr., USAF (Ret), age 84, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died on August 3, 2012 in his home. He will be interred in Newton, Ohio, with a Private Memorial Service held at a later date.
Col. Humphries was born March 19, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio to John and Marian (Morehouse) Humphries. He graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and executed graduate studies at American and George Washington Universities in Washington, D.C.
He was commissioned in the USAF in 1951 upon graduation from Miami University. He married M. Nancy Burton Betscher on November 12, 1955. His “Bride” and best friend passed away on May 21, 2004 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Col. Humphries was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. His military assignments included Alaska, Turkey, Japan, Hawaii and many state side tours, including 11 years in Washington, D.C. In 1974, the USAF assigned him to Sheppard AFB as Commander, 3780th Technical Training group. He retired in July 1979 and accepted the position of Data Processing Manager for the City of Wichita Falls. He left the City in 1986 to start a computer consulting service, Information Filing Systems. He served as the Executive Secretary for the International Government Information Sciences (GMIS) Computer Users Group for 11 years prior to final retirement from the world of the military and business.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/1 OLC, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award w/6 OLC, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/3 BSS, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Palm, the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, and the World War Victory Medal.
Jack was a member of the following civic organizations and societies: he was a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls for 25 years; a Mason of the Gerard Lodge 428 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Newton, Ohio for over 60 years; a member of the American Legion, Post 169 of Wichita Falls, and a past member of the Maskat Shrine Temple.
He is survived by: his son, Keith Humphries Betscher and daughter-in-law Jan, and granddaughter Nicole of Cincinnati, Ohio; his daughter, Dr. Holle L. Humphries and son-in-law Dr. Tai Kreidler of Lubbock, Texas; his son, Maj. John A. Humphries, III (USArmy-Ret) and granddaughter, Ashleigh, and grandsons Adam and Benjamin of Dover, Delaware.
He also is survived by his brother, Fred and wife Sally; and his brother Thomas and wife Anita, and several nephews of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jack spent the remaining ten years of his life devoted to his family. He cared for his “Bride” until she passed away; shielded and protected his children from harm that came their way; and doted on his grandchildren, who claimed the warmest and best part of his heart. Then, after surviving life-threatening illness in his final years, he was witnessed by all stoically fighting his way back like a warrior to regain the skill for walking. We all salute him for that victory!
Those desiring to do so are welcome to make a donation in Jack’s name to one of his favorite of USAF historical legacies: the National WASP World War II Museum, P.O. Box 456, Sweetwater, Texas 79556, Tel: 325.235.0099.