More detail on this person: Services for retired Major Duane A. Briggs, age 55, will be held Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Ft. Hood 19th Chapel (corner of Battalion Ave. & 19th St.). Chaplain Major James Caraway will be officiating. Major Briggs died October 9, 2110 in the Temple VA Hospital of heart failure. Briggs was born October 13, 1945 in Swea City and graduated from Swea City High School in 1963. He received hi B.S. Degree in Aviation Technical Engineering from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1975. He served in the US Army from March 1967 until May 1986, first as an aviator, qualified in helicopter single and multi-engine fixed wing aircraft. He then was an intelligence officer with overseas service in Viet Nam, Korea, Germany, Italy and Belgium. His military awards included the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal as well as presentations from foreign governments. Following retirement from the military, he worked with Raytheon and with Beech Aerospace Service until 1999 when he fully retired. He was immensely proud of an Aviation Museum at Fort Hood that he helped found. He was a member of the Retired Officer's Association and The Veteran's of Foreign Wars Association. He had lived in Killeen for 23 years. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Briggs, two sons, Marc Duane Briggs of Des Moines and Duane Anthony Briggs of Henderson, KY, two brothers Donald Glenn Funderburk of Savannah, GA, Myrl Gene Briggs of Richland, WA; a sister, Sheryl Matilda (Briggs) Panico of Wadsworth, IL, one grandson, four nephews and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Orpha Wilds (McFarland) Funderburk Briggs and father Archer E. Briggs.
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