Sunday, March 10, 2013

John Ronald Durham

John Ronald "Bull" Durham
Master Sergeant, USAF (retired)
April 8, 1943
Dallas, Texas
February 28, 2013
Buckeye, Arizona

M. Sgt. John Ronald “Bull” Durham, 69, of Buckeye, passed away peacefully at home with his wife at his side on February 28, 2013, just as he wanted it.  He was born on April 8, 1943 in Dallas, Texas, to Eva Dale Durham and John Perry.  John moved to Arizona in 1987, and retired as a Pump Specialist from the state of Arizona with 15 years of service.  Prior to that, he held a stellar career in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of Master Sergeant upon retirement with 23 years of faithful service.  John served 6 combat tours in Vietnam where he was awarded numerous medals and awards for his combat duties and skills.  John met his wife Loretta while serving at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma; they fell in love and were married on December 18, 1982. Some of his hobbies included restoring his 1970 Mustang, and working in his yard, where John was never quite satisfied and was always trying to improve upon his prior improvements.  John loved to spend time with that other special “Girl” in his life, “Maggie” his beloved boxer dog. Of all the places he has seen in the world, all the foreign lands traveled all the beauty he has enjoyed, his absolute favorite place….was alongside his loving wife…... Loretta.  She is, and will always be his beauty, his passion and his life.
John is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Loretta; his sons, James and Craig; his brother, Richard Durham; and also 5 grandchildren.  Their boxer, “Maggie”, misses daddy very much.
A committal service with full military honors will be held on Friday, March 15 at 11:00am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, located at 23029 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.

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