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DYE, Jr., Col. Rufus
Col. Rufus Dye Jr., 92, passed away on August 3, 2015 in Austin, Texas. He was born on February 5, 1923 to Margie Ellen (Kirkpatrick) and Rufus Dye Sr. in Brookport, Illinois.

Col. Dye served in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot during WWII and in Korea and Viet Nam. He flew combat missions in the P-38 and P-47 in WWII, the P-51 Mustang in Korea and the F-105 Thunderchief (THUD) during Vietnam. During his service in Viet Nam he flew over 100 combat missions and brought his F-105 back to Korat AFB after a missile blew up in the tail section of his plane.

After a long and distinguished career, Col. Dye retired from HQ12AF in 1971 at Berstrom AFB. He was a charter member of Chapter 1919 Military Order of the Purple Heart and served as a chapter officer in multiple leadership positions. Col. Dye was also a charter member of Pecan Springs Christian Church and United Christian Church in Austin.

Col. Dye is predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Elizabeth Dye, who passed away in October of 2000. He leaves to cherish his memory daughters, Rosalie Dye Castillo and Valerie Dye of Manor, Texas; sons, Michael Edward Dye and Jeremiah Edmund Dye of Pflugerville, Texas; and many other family members, friends and colleagues.

The family will greet guests at a visitation to be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home. Services to celebrate Col. Dye's life will be held at 3:30 pm on Sunday, August 9, 2015 in the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home with committal services immediately following with Military Honors at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery..

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Col. Dye's name to the Wounded Warriors Project or Purple Heart Chapter 1919.

Please visit www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com for more information and to share memories with his family.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2015
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