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Jack A. Middleton

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Jack A. Middleton passed away at the age of 73 on April 11, 2015.

He is survived by his three children, Scott Middleton of Canyon Lake, Texas; Sindi Neudorf and her husband, George, of Alamogordo, and Kristine Villard also of Alamogordo. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Roberts and her husband Donald of Stuart, Iowa; five grandchildren, Cinthia Villard, Ryan Middleton, Adam Middleton, Nikolaus Neudorf, John Villard and Cody Villard, and one great-granddaughter, Lena.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Linda Freeman Middleton, his father and mother, Sheltz and Helen Middleton, as well as his brother, Charles Middleton.

In 1959, Jack graduated from Stuart High School in Iowa. He married his high school sweetheart, Marcia Woodson and joined the United States Air Force. Jack and Marcia had three children Scott, Sindi and Kristine. Jack's family followed him to as many of his duty stations as they were permitted, moving every 18 months to two years.
Jack retired from the U.S.A.F. after 20 years of service with the rank of master sergeant. He worked as a jet engine mechanic. During his tour of duty he was stationed at various bases including Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; various bases in Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and Guam; Yokota Air Force Base, Japan; Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa; Castle Air Force Base, California; Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, and finally Holloman Air Force Base, where he retired with his family.

Jack received numerous commendations during his career, including the Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.
After Jack retired from the Air Force, he worked briefly for Lear Siegler; dabbled in the farming industry, raising rabbits; sold life insurance for A.L. Willliams, and he owned a lumber store in Stuart, Iowa, for a few years. In 1987, he decided that his true calling was custom wood working, so he moved back to Alamogordo to escape the harsh Iowa winters.

Jack soon after met and married his second wife, Linda. They started a business by the name of J & L Creative Woods, where he built beautiful custom cabinets and other furnishings, for twenty years, until his health required him to finally retire. Some of his best work can be seen at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center and Alamogordo Physical Therapy. The pride of his career is the work that he did for Charles Durrett at his home on Tres Lagos. The most amazing wood work and cabinetry ever to be seen in Alamogordo.

Jack will truly be missed for his wonderful sense of humor and generous nature. He was a blessing to his family and friends.

There will be a graveside service for Jack on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 2 p.m., at Monte Vista Cemetery with military honors provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard.
A reception will follow at 2403 Tres Lagos, where to celebrate his life with family and friends.

The Middleton family has entrusted the care of their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
To sign the online guest register, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 21 to May 20, 2015
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