James Richard Locher
Funeral services for Mr. James Richard Locher, age 87, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Cypress United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Cypress Cemetery.
Mr. Locher grew up in an Army Air Corps family. His father was captured, a POW and died in the Philippine Islands in WWII. At that time, Mr. Locher joined the Navy. He was a bombardier and radioman in the dive bombers in and around the Philippine Islands. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for successful bombing of several Japanese ships in the Leyte Gulf. Following WWII, his Naval career continue in aviation electronics. He met and married his bride, Martha, while stationed in Millington Naval Air Station in Millington, TN. He was promoted through the ranks to E-9. He was then selected for Commissioned Officer, and after 30 years of service, he retired as a Lieutenant Commander. Upon retiring from the Navy, he moved to the Cypress Community in Crockett County, where he and Martha nurtured grandchildren, gardened, fished, camped and traveled. For many years, Mr. Locher taught Sunday School, coordinated acolytes and participated in Methodist Men at Cypress United Methodist Church.
Mr. Locher was preceded in death by his brother, William W. Locher.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Martha Reasons Locher; sons, James Richard Locher, Jr. and wife Cathie, Charles Edward Locher and wife Teresa; daughter, Pamela Jean Long and husband Charles; six grandchildren, Scott P. Lewis, Betsy M. Lewis, Allison M. Locher, Charles Matthew Locher, Charles E. Long and Crystal N. Long.
Ronk Funeral Home, (731) 696-5555.