Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Ernest William (Wild Bill) Tuttle II, of Niceville, Fla., went to be with his Lord on Nov. 14, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Julia (Rockholt); daughter, LaNelle T., her husband Sean E. Bradley; three grandchildren, Clayton, 17, Hunter, 13, Julia Lynn, 10; his brother, John E. Tuttle; sister, Amanda Marrioneaux; sister, Renee Allen; and brother, E. W. Tuttle III. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest W. Tuttle and Hilda (Broussard) Tuttle; and son, Jeremy Oliver Tuttle.
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Bill was born in Memphis, Tenn., married in Baton Rouge and has been a resident of his favorite town, Niceville, since 1993. He served his country proudly for 26 1/2 years and was a decorated Vietnam Vet. Bill and Julia traveled the world during their tour of duty visiting many countries including Korea, Egypt, Guam and several states. Bill graduated from Louisiana State University in 1978 and was an avid LSU sports fan.
He was a member of local Playground Corvette Club, President of the EAA Chapter 108 Hanger Mates for the past 10 years, Emerald Coast Parrot Heads and Fort Walton Beach River Rats. One of Bill's most loved duties was being our "Dawling" for the Fort Walton Beach Mardi Gras Club for the last 14 years.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, 2201 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, FL. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in Heritage Gardens Cemetery. You may express condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in care of Heritage Gardens Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to his favorite charities, Wounded Warriors, Seats4Soldiers.org, PAWS, RUFF, or SOCKS.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Nov. 16, 2012