Lt. Colonel David Eddy(USAF Ret), age 80, passed away on June 14th, 2011.
Lt. Col. David H. Eddy, USAF Retired, of Universal City, TX and Virginia Beach, VA passed away on June 14, 2011 after a short illness. Lt. Col. Eddy was born Oct. 8, 1931 in Freeport, NY to Olin Wells and Susan Louise (Gates) Eddy. He attended Davis-Elkins College earning a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He then enlisted in the USAF and was assigned to the Aviation Cadet program at Lackland AFB. He Commissioned a 2nd Lt. and was sent to Navigator training at Harlingen AFB and was then assigned to the Strategic Air Command serving in the early days of the Cold War. Lt. Col. Eddy served for 26 years in various capacities, including three combat tours in Vietnam and two commands; the 6994th and 6916th Security Service Squadrons. Most notable were his accomplishments during his years in the Airborne Radio Direction Finding or ARDF program, serving as a navigator, program manager, operations officer, and commander. He received awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, and 10 Air Medals. His final assignment prior to retirement was at the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, MD. As significant as his Air Force accomplishments were, David was equally known by his friends, family, and co-workers as an all-around super person. He was a genuinely caring person who befriended everyone quickly and easily. He deeply loved his four children and although critically ill, enjoyed having them together at his bedside remembering past days. Lt. Col. Eddy is survived by a sister, Eunice Ulrich and pre-deceased by a sister; Catherine Barton. Surviving him as well, are his four children, Mark Eddy and wife Lori, Bethann and husband Ray Dooley, Mary Eddy and David J. Eddy; grandchildren, Olin (Amy) Eddy, John (Heather) Eddy, Catherine Eddy, David A. Eddy, Meaghan Dooley, Hayden Dooley, Channing (Mark) ZuaZua, and Austin Eddy and great-grandchildren, Annaliese Eddy, Elizabeth Eddy, Abigail Eddy, Riley Bonnette, and Chance ZuaZua. Memorial Services for Lt. Col. Eddy will be conducted by Pastor Mike Gitchel at 3 PM on June 20th at the First Baptist Church of Universal City, TX. At his request, Lt. Col. Eddy's ashes will be released at Cape Cod at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Veteran's Park, 1950 Universal City Blvd, Universal City, TX 78148. You are invited to sign the electronic guestbook at Schertz Funeral Home.