CEDAR CREEK LAKE, TEXAS |
Emery W. Tuttle
August 29, 1920 — Dec. 3, 2013
Emery W. Tuttle (King Tut) of Cedar Creek Lake, Texas, died on December 3, 2013, at the age of 93 after a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. Emery was born in Johnson Creek on August 29, 1920, to the late Arthur Chaffee Tuttle and Clara (Boehler) Tuttle.
Emery’s father, Arthur C. Tuttle, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1899 with a degree in pharmacy. After six months of duty in Texas in 1916 “chasing” Pancho Villa on the Mexican border with Company M of the Oconomowoc National Guard, Arthur returned to operate the drug store he had opened in Johnson Creek in 1915.
Upon his father’s death in 1936, Emery and his brother, Jim, and mother, Clara, moved to a Tuttle family home on South Street in Oconomowoc. While attending Oconomowoc High School beginning his senior year, Emery played basketball and was drum major of the high school marching band.
In 1940 Emery and his brother Jim and four of their friends enlisted in the Oconomowoc National Guard, Company G, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, for a one year tour of duty at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. However, when war was declared in 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, their duty was extended for the duration “at the convenience of the government” until the war’s end in 1945.
While in Louisiana with Company G, Emery applied for and was accepted into the U.S. Army Air Force for cadet training. He qualified and became a pilot in 1944 and flew a B-25 with the 820th Bomb Squadron, 41st Bomb Group of the 7th Air Force. Emery flew 51 missions in his B-25, “Blondie’s Vengeance,” in the Central Pacific, from Tarawa northwest and southwest to Ocean and Nauru Islands. He was awarded the Air Medal six times, the Distinguished Flying Cross three times and the Mandated Islands Ribbon with a Battle Star. Following his service in the Pacific, Emery was returned to the states to train cadets to fly the TB-25.
Emery met Doris Bellomy of Newcastle, Texas, while stationed at Fort Worth Army Air Base; they married in September of 1943. Together they had four children: Pamela, twins Valerie and Claudia and son Emery.
Emery attended Marquette University for two years and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1949 with a degree in business administration. He worked in the airplane industry following his graduation, was the owner of two television appliance stores in Arlington, Texas, and bought and renovated residential properties.
Emery was the general contractor for the building of his retirement home on Cedar Creek Lake, Texas, completed in 1997. Fifty-five years after his last flight with the Army Air Corps and at the age of 77, Emery passed his private pilot flight exam. He continued flying into his late 80s in his Cessna-150 and RV8A.
Emery was a devoted spirit-filled Christian.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his parents; his sister, Mary; and brother, Daniel.
He is survived by his brother, Jim; daughters, Pamela, Valerie and Claudia; son, Emery; grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held in Texas.