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Captain Eric D. Terhune

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Captain Eric D. Terhune A service to celebrate the life of Captain Eric D. Terhune, 34, of Lexington, Ky. will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexongton. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Captain Eric D. Terhune, United States Marine Corps, was killed in action on Thursday, June 19, 2008. Captain Terhune was serving with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, deployed in the Farah Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Captain Terhune had previously completed two tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served honorably for more than 10 years of Active Duty service to Country and Corps. Reared in Lexington, Captain Terhune graduated from Wheaton Academy in Wheaton, after which he served four years in the Marine Corps as a noncommissioned officer. He traveled to the far east, South America and Europe in his capacity as a reconnaissance sharpshooter. After being honorably discharged, he used his G.I. Bill benefits and graduated with honors from Morehead State University, where he competed on the varsity rifle team. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps, earned his wings as a Naval Aviator, flying the CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter. More recently, he was assigned as a Forward Air Controller and was serving in that capacity when he was mortally wounded. His citations include three air medals while serving in Iraq as well as numerous additional combat related awards, including the Purple Heart. Captain Terhune was known for his devotion to his Lord Jesus Christ, his family, and his country. He is survived by his grandparents, Daniel and Joy Terhune of Lexington; father, Paul (Carleen) Terhune of Houston, Texas; uncle, David (Dotti) Terhune of St. Joseph, Mich.; and cousins, Summer (Oliver) and Heidi Anne Jeromin of Albuquerque, N.M., Kendall (Richard) and Jaxon Walter, and Penelope Jane Colquitt of Norfolk, Va., David Terhune Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., and Rebecca Terhune of St. Joseph. Captain Terhune attended Anchor Baptist Church, Lexington. Memorial contributions are suggested to Camp Nathaniel, P.O. Box 129, Emmlena, KY 41740, Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 1401 Rockville Rd., Suite 600, Rockville, MD, 20852, or Anchor Baptist Church, 3601 Winthrop Dr., Lex., KY 40514. For information, 859-223-3140.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on June 25, 2008
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