Retired Lt. Col. Harold Warren Barrett, Sr., age 95, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Maitland, FL, on May 5, 2013.
Warren was born on June 11, 1917, in Russellville, Alabama, where he met and married his sweetheart, Catherine "Toots" Barrett. They were happily married for 57 years until "Toots" passing in November, 2002. Warren later met and married Marjorie Lavelle, who he was married to until Marge's passing in January, 2013.
Warren admirably and honorably served his country in three wars. He flew 32 missions from June 15, 1944, to August 30, 1944, during combat in WWII. He later returned to Germany with his family. During this tour, he participated in the Berlin airlift flying almost daily for several weeks in a row.
Lt. Col Barrett retired from the USAF as a command pilot.
His greatest joy was serving his country and taking care of his family. The tough Colonel known as "Papa" to his grandchildren, was always there for them and happy to lend a helping hand. He was a hero to his family and country.
He is survived by his children, Harold Barrett, Jr. (Barbara), Charles Barrett (Jessie), Robert Barrett, Cathy Nemitz (Paul) and Richard Barrett; his sister, Jean Hargett (George); along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00am, on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Comforter, 605 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.
Online condolences may be shared at www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 8, 2013