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Colonel Michael T. Endres

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Colonel Michael T. Endres

AGE: 48 •

Colonel Michael T. Endres (August 6, 1964-September 6, 2012). After serving in the U.S. Army for 26 years, Colonel Michael T. Endres retired from active duty to join the George W. Bush Institute as the Director of the Military Service Initiative in May 2012. Colonel Endres is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. where he served as the Deputy Director of Admissions for the past four years. During previous tours, he was an instructor and course director for West Point's Military Instruction and Behavioral Sciences & Leadership Departments. As a Field Artillery officer, Colonel Endres served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom and was stationed in Korea, Hawaii, Oklahoma, New York, Kuwait and Iraq. He earned a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (7 OLC), Armed Forces and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Award, Overseas Ribbon (3rd Award), Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Colonel Endres spent a lifetime of service leading soldiers and caring for their families. He was widely loved and respected for his unwavering devotion to family, honorable service to his country, charismatic leadership, extraordinary compassion and spirited sense of humor.

Colonel Endres was born in Denville, NJ to the late Theodore and Hope Endres and is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Taylor, of Dallas, TX; brother Stephen Endres of Keswick, VA; sisters Jeanne Sherrill of Barrington, NH and Maureen Kirby of Mountain Lakes, NJ and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation Monday, September 10, 2012, 6 to 8 p.m. at Sparkman/ Hillcrest Funeral Home. Memorial Mass, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 1:30 p.m. at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 6306 Kenwood Avenue, Dallas, TX 75214. Additional visitation at West Point, NY, Thursday, September 13, 2012, 6 to 8 p.m. at Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY 10928. Funeral Mass at the U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chapel Friday, September 14, 2012 10 a.m.: Interment immediately following at West Point Post Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Michael T. Endres Memorial Trust, PO Box 225West Point, NY 10996, Military Service Initiative - George W. Bush Presidential Center, Post Office Box 600610, Dallas, Texas 75360, www.bushcenter.com. Please visit www.sparkman-hillcrest.com

Published in Daily Record on Sept. 10, 2012
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