Kevin Douglas TILGHMAN

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TILGHMAN, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Douglas, 48, died May 26, 2010. "We have a huge hole in our hearts as we

mourn the passing of devoted husband, loving father, cherished son, beloved sibling, loyal friend, and accomplished military gentleman, Kevin Tilghman." Kevin is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lisa, and sons, Conner and Jared. He is also survived by his parents, retired Col. Thomas A. Tilghman and Billie Tilghman; sister, Cynthia Glover and husband, Chuck; and nephews, Ryan and Vincent; brother, Jim Tilghman and wife, Roxanne; and nephew, Eric. He also leaves behind a large extended family and numerous friends, who loved and honored Kevin deeply. Kevin' s family was of the highest importance to him and he lived to spend time with them and to laugh with friends around the world. He loved to travel and was in Norway when an accident took his life. All who knew him were aware of his zest for life, the depth of his love and the loyalty of his friendship, as well as his fierce desire to protect it all by serving in the Air Force. He graduated from the University of Arizona, majoring in aerospace engineering. Air Force Reserve Officers Training

Corps led him to a career in the Air Force and the thrill of flying, a longtime fervent desire of his. He flew C-130 Hercules and C-23 Sherpa aircraft with great skill and energy. He was admired as a leader by all those with whom he served. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring after 22 years of service to his country. Additionally, his post- retirement employment in the private sector was in direct support of the U.S. defense establishment. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Stowers Funeral Home. A life celebration will take place 4-8 p.m. at The Palmetto Club of Fish Hawk in Lithia, Fla.

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