LEXINGTON TERHUNE, CAPTAIN ERIC D., 34, 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, KY, Captain Terhune graduated from Wheaton Academy, Wheaton, IL, 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 GI 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 United States 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. Captain Terhune attended Anchor Baptist Church, Lexington, KY. He is survived by his grandparents, Daniel and Joy Terhune, of Lexington, KY; father, Paul Terhune (Carleen), of Houston, TX; uncle, David Terhune (Dotti), of St. Joseph, MI; and cousins, Summer (Oliver) and Heidi Anne Jeromin, of Albuquerque, NM, Kendall (Richard) and Jaxon Walter and Penelope Jane Colquitt, of Norfolk, VA, David Terhune Jr., of Atlanta, GA and Rebecca Terhune, of St. Joseph, MI. A celebration of life will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, with military honors. Visitation will be held 5-9 p.m. Friday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Memorial contributions are suggested to Camp Nathaniel, P.O. Box 129, Emmlena, KY, 41740, Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 1401 Rockville Road, Suite 600, Rockville, MD, 20852 or Anchor Baptist Church, 3601 Winthrop Drive, Lexington, KY, 40514.
Kerr Brothers Funeral Home
3421 Harrodsburg Road
Lexington, KY 40513
Published in The Courier-Journal on June 26, 2008