2012-09-27 / Obituaries

Harry M. ‘Tex’ Albaugh

Lt. Col. Harry M. “Tex” Albaugh (USAF retired) passed away Sept. 13, in Lewisville, Texas at the age of 94 following complications in his battle with prostate cancer. Tex was born the youngest of three brothers in San Antonio, Tex. on Aug. 18, 1918 to Ellis and Georgia Albaugh. During World War II Tex volunteered for service, leaving Rice University to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, later to become the U.S. Air Force. After completing flight training, Tex served as a test pilot at the Sacramento Air Depot (McClellan Air Force Base today). In mid-1941, while stationed in Sacramento, Tex met the love of his life, Lorraine Fedje. Although deeply in love, the young couple decided to wait until after the war to get married, which they did 1945.

During the war Tex served in the China/Burma/India theater of operations where he successfully flew 155 missions over “the hump,” a treacherous flightpath over the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains from India to China. In honor of his missions in the theater and elsewhere, Tex was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for his meritorious service.

Throughout his tour of duty, Tex knew or flew with many Air Force icons including, Gen. Curtis LeMay, Gen. Hap Arnold, Gen. Dick Ellsworth, Gen. Claire Chennault, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, Bob Hoover and many others. While serving under Hap Arnold, Tex opened the first Air Force instrument training school in Dayton Ohio, and later headed up the Air Force’s Inter-American Defense Board in Panama.

Tex and Lorraine spent their retirement years in Mariposa on Mt. Bullion where their beautiful home was graced with many visitors and views into Yosemite. Tex served as a deacon in The Little Church in the Hills, and as a Gideon spoke in and distributed Bibles throughout churches in central California. In 2004 Tex and Lorraine moved to Double Oak and then to Denton, Texas to be closer to family.

Married for 67 years, Tex and Lorraine had four children. Gina lives in Flower Mound, Tex. with her husband Gil Holloway. Harry II is a captain with United Airlines living in Camarillo, with his wife Chrisann. Cyndy also lives in Flower Mound and is married to retired Delta Airlines captain, Barry Scoggin. Roxanne Wilcoxson lives in Merced with her husband Larry. Tex is also survived by nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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It was truly an honor and joy

It was truly an honor and joy to know Tex and his precious wife. Together they loved people and served their Lord and Savior in so many ways and so beautifully.

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