In memory of
MSgt (Ret) Rhuel Sperry
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In memory of
MSgt (Ret) Rhuel Sperry
Retired Master Sergeant Rhuel Sperry, age 87 of Niceville, FL, passed into eternal rest on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Defuniak Springs, FL, after a brief illness. Rhuel was born August 14, 1931 to David G. and Celia E. (Roberts) Sperry. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James D. "Jay" Sperry, sister Sarah (Sperry) Bruno, also Russell and Virginia Lee in infancy and son in law, William "Bill" Holloway. Most recently the oldest grandchild, Tiffany M. (Holloway) Smith as well as her husband, Roy L. Smith. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrey J. (Leaper) Sperry, their children; Debbie (Cliff) Kelley, Pineville, LA; Jeff Sperry, Freeport, FL; Kevin Sperry, Springfield, LA and Karen Holloway, DeFuniak Springs, FL; Jay Sperry, Freeport, FL; daughter in law, Mary L. (Stefanick) Sperry. Grandchildren, Jennifer (Holloway) Corey, wife of Randall; Justin Holloway and Travis Holloway; all of DeFuniak Springs, FL. Brandon R. Kelley, Pineville, LA and Britteny (Kelley) Adams wife of Ben, Baton Rouge, LA. Jason (Rosie) Sperry, Bryan Sperry and Joey Sperry, all of Freeport, FL. Benjamin Sperry, Springfield, LA. Eleven great grandchildren, Kellie and Tyler (Amber) Smith, Bailey and Keaton Corey, Paytan Holloway, Abigail, Evan and Sophie Sperry, Sarah Sperry, Leighla Sperry-Decker, Jalyn Sperry, Rilee, Annie and Carson Adams. Rhuel grew up in the small town of Patton, in western Pennsylvania, where his Uncle Ben lived with the family and often talked of their many fishing and hunting adventures. As Rhuel grew older his passion to serve in the military was inspired by a long family line of military members, but mostly by his older brother Jay, who was killed in Burma, India, while serving in WWII. Rhuel served honorably in the Air Corps and then United States Air Force where he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross Medals, five Air Medals, and a Meritorious Service Medal before retiring after 26 years of service. He was stationed at many Air Forces bases around the country. He and Audrey decided to remain in the FL. Panhandle after his military retirement. In civilian life Rhuel was employed with the City of Niceville, Metric Systems, and Kel-Tech until officially retiring at age 62. He would later return to work for Hertz Rental cars at the airport. Over the years Rhuel was known by several nicknames such as, Slide or Slide Rule, Smokey for the cigars he smoked years ago, and in his youth, as "Stink" for tipping over an outhouse! His hobbies were reading books on military conflicts, guns, trips to the firing range as well as watching sports and the History Channel. He was also an avid ham radio operator. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be missed dearly. A very special thank you to everyone at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the loving care and attention and Regency Hospice, who provided hospice and spiritual support which was of great comfort to Rhuel and his family. There will be a time of visitation held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, FL. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, with Interment to follow in Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rhuel's name to the charity of your choice. You may go online to offer condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
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In memory of
MSgt (Ret) Rhuel Sperry
Retired Master Sergeant Rhuel Sperry, age 87 of Niceville, FL, passed into eternal rest on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Defuniak Springs, FL, after a brief illness. Rhuel was born August 14, 1931 to David G. and Celia E. (Roberts) Sperry. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James D. "Jay" Sperry, sister Sarah (Sperry) Bruno, also Russell and Virginia Lee in infancy and son in law, William "Bill" Holloway. Most recently the oldest grandchild, Tiffany M. (Holloway) Smith as well as her husband, Roy L. Smith. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrey J. (Leaper) Sperry, their children; Debbie (Cliff) Kelley, Pineville, LA; Jeff Sperry, Freeport, FL; Kevin Sperry, Springfield, LA and Karen Holloway, DeFuniak Springs, FL; Jay Sperry, Freeport, FL; daughter in law, Mary L. (Stefanick) Sperry. Grandchildren, Jennifer (Holloway) Corey, wife of Randall; Justin Holloway and Travis Holloway; all of DeFuniak Springs, FL. Brandon R. Kelley, Pineville, LA and Britteny (Kelley) Adams wife of Ben, Baton Rouge, LA. Jason (Rosie) Sperry, Bryan Sperry and Joey Sperry, all of Freeport, FL. Benjamin Sperry, Springfield, LA. Eleven great grandchildren, Kellie and Tyler (Amber) Smith, Bailey and Keaton Corey, Paytan Holloway, Abigail, Evan and Sophie Sperry, Sarah Sperry, Leighla Sperry-Decker, Jalyn Sperry, Rilee, Annie and Carson Adams. Rhuel grew up in the small town of Patton, in western Pennsylvania, where his Uncle Ben lived with the family and often talked of their many fishing and hunting adventures. As Rhuel grew older his passion to serve in the military was inspired by a long family line of military members, but mostly by his older brother Jay, who was killed in Burma, India, while serving in WWII. Rhuel served honorably in the Air Corps and then United States Air Force where he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross Medals, five Air Medals, and a Meritorious Service Medal before retiring after 26 years of service. He was stationed at many Air Forces bases around the country. He and Audrey decided to remain in the FL. Panhandle after his military retirement. In civilian life Rhuel was employed with the City of Niceville, Metric Systems, and Kel-Tech until officially retiring at age 62. He would later return to work for Hertz Rental cars at the airport. Over the years Rhuel was known by several nicknames such as, Slide or Slide Rule, Smokey for the cigars he smoked years ago, and in his youth, as "Stink" for tipping over an outhouse! His hobbies were reading books on military conflicts, guns, trips to the firing range as well as watching sports and the History Channel. He was also an avid ham radio operator. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be missed dearly. A very special thank you to everyone at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the loving care and attention and Regency Hospice, who provided hospice and spiritual support which was of great comfort to Rhuel and his family. There will be a time of visitation held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, FL. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, with Interment to follow in Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rhuel's name to the charity of your choice. You may go online to offer condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Heritage Gardens Funeral H, Cemetery & Crematory Services
2201 Partin Dr N
Niceville, FL 32578
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