Herbert Anthony CADDELL

CADDELL, Herbert Anthony, 70 of Odessa, Fla., passed away on Feb. 19, 2013, surround-ed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Triste; his children Bryan (Mary), Todd (Cathy), Michelle (Michael), Danielle (Michael); grandchildren Andrew, Katie (Darko), Payton, Ashton, Brian, Hunter and Reddington; brother, Robert; nephews, Jeff and David; sisters, Sandy, Shirley, Carol; and mother, Lucille; aunts, Gladys Murray, Daisy Carson, and Dimple Kersey (deceased); nieces, Katherine and Caroline; his special nephews, Tony, Andy and Michael; and special niece, Lauren; his brother-in-law, Tom; and sister-in-law, Georgeanne and his dogs, Bandit and Petey. Herb, called Tony by family members, was born in Wallens, Ky. on Dec. 14, 1942. He graduated in 1960 from Valley High School Louisville, Ky. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961. His first permanent assignment was Camp Drake, Japan with the Army Security Agency. While there Herb attended Sophia Jesuit University in Tokyo getting two years of college credits in one year. Herb re-enlisted in 1963 and qualified for Officer's Candidate School. He attended basic flight school at Fort Wolters, Texas and advanced training at Fort Rucker, Ala. Herb received his aviator wings in November 1965. He arrived in Vietnam as a first lieutenant assigned as an Aero Scout Pilot, Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry in the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightening). Herb flew OH-6 Cayuse (Loach) helicopters, Charlie Model and Cobra gunships. He had at least four helicopters shot out underneath him and received two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in intense combat. During one year of combat he received 12 air medals (a first award and 11 oak leaf clusters). After discharged from active duty, he attended Middle Tennessee State University. After college, Herb joined the U.S. Marshal's service. He was assigned to various places such as Milwaukee, Miami, Tampa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. where he guarded some of the Watergate defendants. Herb and Triste loved to travel especially with their friends Carolyn, Cindy, Bob and their children Michael and Lauren. Some of the places they visited were Bhutan, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Morocco, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Hawaii, Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and his favorite country Italy. Herb was proud of his Scottish/Cherokee heritage. He had a full kilt outfit which he wore in Edinburgh celebrating New Years Eve 1999. He loved music from opera, to Bocelli who he heard live in concert 3 times, the Beach Boys, Lynrd Skynyrd, Barry White, and the Grateful Dead. He was an avid reader of the classics especially Moby Dick but also enjoyed the Harry Potter books. Herb loved going to museums, Dutch painters such as Rembrandt, going to the movies and eating popcorn, playing cards and board games, and drinking wine with his friends and family. He was an avid golfer who had two holes in one and enjoyed the time spent on courses with his golf buddies. At any time, Herb was available to help family and friends. He touched and influenced so many lives. His terrific impish warm smile and tremendous sense of humor will be very missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lost Angels Animal Rescue, PO Box 260212, Tampa, FL 33685 or English Springer Rescue, www.springerrescue.org, click on ways to help. A private scattering of his ashes will be at a later date.

Published in TBO.com on Feb. 23, 2013