Julie Ann Lanphere

July 29, 1952May 10, 2013

Julie Ann Lanphere, 60, formerly of Abilene, entered the gates of Heaven on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Garland, Texas. She was born July 29,1952 in Oakland, California.

Julie was a retired Captain in the USAF. She was also the section Commander for the Security Police Department Dyess AFB Abilene TX, Section Commander for the 27th Communication Squadron Anderson AFB Guam, Municipal Judge and Election Judge for Jones County and Hawley TX, and a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion.

Julie played the flute for the Abilene Community Band and was a member since 1993, taught at Abilene Community College Business School, was a board member at Our Savior Lutheran Church since 1992, as well as a Sunday School Bell & Choir Member. She was also a supporter of the Special Olympics, Paramount Theater, and the West Texas Fair & Rodeo.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dale Ralph Lanphere; her parents, Merle Galen and Jean Ester Rud; and a brother, Micheal Galen Rud.

Survivors include her son, Todd Dale Lanphere and wife, Lisa Marie; grandchildren, Christopher Lorillard and wife, Laura, Meaghan Lambeck, Mason Lambeck, Matthew Lambeck, Ashley Ann Lanphere, and Juliann Lanphere; her son, Timothy Micheal Lanphere and wife, Amber Lynn; grand-daughter, Paisley Lynn Lanphere; and great-grand-daughter, Lexie Lorillard; her sister, Linda Klingel and husband Roy; her brother, Richard Rud and wife, Colleen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Julie fought 30 plus years with cancer, Mom 4 Cancer 1. She touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., today, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4933 South 7th Street, Abilene, TX with Rev. LaVerne Janssen officiating directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South, Abilene. Services and interment will be held in Mondovi, WI.

Flowers and plants are welcome. Donations can be made in her honor to Lutherans for Life, Pregnancy Resources Center, Susan G. Koman Foundation, or Our Savior Lutheran Church in Abilene.


  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Julie Ann Lanphere

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Robert Reynolds

December 28, 2013

I was sad to hear about the death of Julie Lanphere. She was a great friend and one of my favorite Air Force officers. Julie was stationed with me at my last two duty stations, and attended my rertirement ceremony, in 1992.

May 14, 2013

Our prayers are with you. Julie was a true trooper.
Bob McIver - Garland

May 14, 2013

A wonderful person who was my friend for a very long time. I will miss our University of Texas football games especially the Veterans day game and the alumni band day. We spent the weekend in a hotel and had great girls weekends. I will always love her and thank god she blessed my life. To her family I am sorry for your loss but now the best is yet to come for Julie. Cynthia Nickerson

Sandy Goodman

May 13, 2013

I remember being in her class at American Commercial trying to type and she says its okay as long as you do the exercises an assignments youl be fine...I raised my hand so many times she just pulled up a chair next to me, I had her laughing so hard it took us forever to get through. Im defintely not a typist... She was the sweetest lady I ever met.. R.I.P. Julie you will be missed by so many..