The Washington Times-Herald


July 31, 2013

Elmer 'Buzz' Mallette Jr.

Elmer "Buzz" Mallette Jr.

Sept. 20, 1930 - July 30, 2013

NICEVILLE, Fla. — God called another angel home, Elmer "Buzz" Mallette Jr., on Tuesday after a long illness. He was born Sept. 20, 1930, to the late Elmer and Doris Mallette along with two daughters Carol Jean and Susan Michele, a brother Rex. Surviving him are his wife Jeanne whom he married 62 years ago on March 4, 1950; three sons Steve, Scott (Kim) and Todd (Bridget); five grandchildren Amy, Sarah, Zachary, Ellie and Olivia; brother Ray and a sister Betty Troup.

He graduated from Odon High School, joined the Army Air Corp in 1947 soon after graduation. He was dedicated to God and was a member of the Niceville United Methodist Church. He spent 40 years in the Air Force retiring in 1987 at Eglin AFB. He adored all of his family and had many friends wherever he was stationed. He started his career as a private as a jet mechanic and went to Officers Candidate School, became chief of aircraft maintenance. After becoming an officer he went to Staff College in Bracknell, England, became deputy commander of maintenance in Idaho for F-11, T-39, C-130 EC 135 and T-37 aircraft. He completed his college degree after three years of night classes. He spent 36 years as commander of aircraft along with his previous years as maintaining the aircraft. The last three years of his career was the inspector general with the AF Systems Command in Florida.

He and his family enjoyed the Air Force life. During his distinguished career in the service of his country, Col. Mallette earned the following medals: Legion of Merit with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Commendation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Outstanding Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service with 1 Bronze Star, Vietnam Service, Continuous Active Military Service Date 20 September 1957, Block 13 with 2 Bronze Star, AF Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Overseas Long Tour with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device and Republic of Vietnam Campaign.

A visitation was held on Wednesday at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, Fla. Viewing will be at the United Methodist Church in Plainville with a visitation from noon. until 2 p.m.on Saturday with a funeral service immediately following also in the church. Burial will be in Plainville Cemetery.

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