More detail on this person: Arthur Alan Hough, affectionately known as ‚«oBuddy‚«• to his loved
ones, passed away in the early morning of April 14, 2015, at Memorial Regional Medical Center in
Mechanicsville, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Hough and Grace Sogren
Hough, and a brother, Doug. He leaves behind his loving wife, Patricia; sister, Charlene; daughters,
Carrie Janin and Mary Pat Hough, a daughter Wendy Gibson and her husband, Alan; a step-son, Robert
Head; a step-daughter, Colleen Rachel and her husband Jason; and ten grandchildren.
Buddy was born on July 9, 1943, in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He served 5 years in the Marine Corps piloting both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, including the Huey Cobra (AH-1G), C-117, and T-28. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1974, having been decorated with the Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal for his service in Vietnam. Fellow crew members fondly recall him as someone who befriended everyone regardless of rank.
Upon leaving the service, Buddy worked as a commercial airline pilot with Aeromech Airlines and then as a civilian employee at the Vint Hill Farms Station.
Buddy later served as a program engineer with the US Army Night Vision Lab at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 1997 through his retirement in December 2011. He led a team of engineers and technicians in the development of new training equipment used by soldiers both in the United States and overseas. His direct involvement with the soldiers took him to places like Alaska, Germany and Italy where his knowledge of night vision sensor technology was utilized to improve the soldiers‚«÷ skills. His innovative solutions resulted in the award of several patents for himself and his team. At his retirement Buddy received recognition for his work from general officers and commanders across the globe.
Buddy was an avid photographer and leaves behind many beautiful images of his travels as well as everyday life. He was also a cat enthusiast and his faithful companion Rocky was a favorite photography subject.
The family will be receiving visitors from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20. Interment with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va.
He was loved by all who knew him.
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