Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert G. "Bob" Brackenhoff, 80, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel.
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Bob, a native of Nokomis, Ill., enlisted in the United States Air Force in the Officer's Candidate School. He became a pilot, serving during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1972, he retired as Lt. Col. and returned to school to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Campbell College and later a Masters in School Administration from East Carolina University. He taught mathematics in Fayetteville and Ayden-Grifton High Schools, and served as an assistant principal in Hickory and Tarboro High Schools.
Active in his community, Bob attended The Memorial Baptist Church, where he was active in the Baptist Men's Disaster Relief. Through Disaster Relief, he became involved with a group of men who built many wheelchair ramps locally for elderly and handicapped citizens. He was a member and former Post Commander of the American Legion Post #39, had served as the American Legion County Fair Manager, was active with the Village of Yesteryear and current president of Pitt County American Legion Baseball. He was also a former member of the Golden K Kiwanis.
Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcia Brackenhoff; parents, Virgil and Velma Brackenhoff; two brothers and a sister.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Nat Grady Brackenhoff; sister, Carole McKean of Altamont, Ill.; children, Chuck Brackenhoff and wife, Sue, of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Dave Brackenhoff and wife, Shelli, of Fishers, Ind., Don Brackenhoff and wife, Denise, of Elyria, Ohio, Deborah Sheetz and husband, James, of Oberlin, Ohio, Raymond Paul Grady, of Enterprise, Ala., and Barrie Grady-Wood of Winterville; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times at the home of Barrie Grady-Wood, Winterville.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to
, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 and/or to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Bells Fork Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Sept. 5, 2013