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Obituaries

October 12, 2012

OBITS 10-12

ROY LYNN HUDDLESTON, Cmdr, USN Ret.

September 29, 1927 - October 10, 2012

LAKE KIOWA — Roy Lynn Huddleston, 85, of Lake Kiowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

He was born to the late James Preston and Adell Mae Huddleston on Sept. 29, 1927, in Knippa.  After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1945, where he received training at the U.S. Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, Calif., and as boat coxswain.  He also attended the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., and the U.S. Navy Petroleum School in San Pedro, Calif. He was stationed in the Republic of Vietnam (ICTZ) from 1967-1968 and in Sasebo, Japan, from 1970-1975. Out of 30 years of service, he served on six ships for a total of 14 years, three Afloat staffs, and 10 years of duty in the U.S.  He received the Navy/Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star w/Combat V, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation w/Combat V, two Gold Stars, Combat Action, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation w/one Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct w/three Stars, American Theatre WW II Asiatic-Pacific Theatre WW II, WW II Victory Medal, National Defense w/one Star, Korean Service w/one Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service w/five Stars, Philippine Liberation, Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm United Nations, Vietnam Campaign w/Metal Date.

After his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he started work for Lawrence-Allison, an engineering company based in Houston and Santa Ana, Calif. There he served as vice-president and subsequently president.

He married Icey Louise Batson in 1947. In 1979, they bought a house in Lake Kiowa, where he lived surrounded by his family.

Roy was an active member of Collinsville Church of Christ, where he once served as an elder.

Roy is survived by his wife, Icey; and four children, Bill Huddleston and his wife Tommie of Valencia, Calif.; Charles Huddleston and his wife Julita of Lake Kiowa, Adell Thomson and her husband Tom of Gainesville and Linda Miyashita of Nagano, Japan. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Net Ollre of Leakey, Ruby Lee Brigman and Verian Bailey, both of Uvalde.

A viewing will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at the Collinsville Church of Christ with Scott Sides officiating assisted by Ricky Patterson.  

Interment will follow the service at Collinsville Cemetery.

To sign the online registry, please go to www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.

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