Elmer "(Buzz)" Mallette Jr.(1930 - 2013)

God called another angel home on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, after a long illness. He was born Sept. 20, 1930, to the late Elmer and Doris Mallette, along with two daughters, Carol Jean and Susan Michele, and a brother, Rex. Surviving him are his wife, Jeanne, whom he married 62 years ago on March 4, 1950; three sons, Steve, Scott (Kim) and Todd (Bridget); five grandchildren, Amy, Sarah, Zachary, Ellie and Olivia; brother, Ray; and a sister, Betty Troup.
He graduated from Odon High School, joined the Army Air Corp in 1947 soon after graduation. He was dedicated to God and was a member of the Niceville United Methodist Church. He spent 40 years in the Air Force retiring in 1987 at Eglin Air Force Base. He adored all of his family and had many friends wherever he was stationed. He started his career as a Private, as a jet mechanic, and went to Officer Candidate School, and became Chief of Aircraft Maintenance. After becoming an officer, he went to Staff College in Bracknell, England, became Deputy Commander of Maintenance in Idaho for F-11, T-39, C-130 EC 135 and T-37 aircraft. He completed his college degree after three years of night classes. He spent 36 years as commander of aircraft along with his previous years maintaining the aircraft. His last three years of his career was the Inspector General with the Air Force Systems Command in Florida.
He and his family enjoyed the Air Force life. During his distinguished career in the service of his Country, Col. Mallette earned the following medals; Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service with one Bronze Star, Vietnam Service, Continuous Active Military Service Date Sept. 20, 1957, Block 13 with two Bronze Star, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Overseas Long Tour with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with eight oak leaf clusters, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device and Republic of Vietnam Campaign.
We have so many people we'd like to thank for all of their kindness and care, Covenant Hospice, George and Dorothy, Superior Residence, Barbara, Laurie, Ashley, Corrine, Christine and Paul, and everyone there. He had smiles for everyone.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville. Viewing will be at Gills Funeral Home in Washington, Ind., and funeral services will be at the United Methodist Church in Plainville, Ind., where he will be buried. You may sign a guest book and offer the family condolences at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, Fla., is entrusted with the arrangements.

Funeral Home

Heritage Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery
2201 N Partin Dr Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 729-1955

Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on July 31, 2013