OBITUARY

Duc Huu Nguyen

October 4, 1948April 5, 2019

Born in My Tho, Vietnam as the sixth of eleven children to Phuoc and Kiem, Duc served as a South Vietnamese Airforce helicopter pilot. He married his wife of 47 years, Nghiep, in November 1971 and had two children, Thanh and Bao, in Saigon. After the 1975 fall of Saigon, the family fled to the US as refugees to begin a new life in Texas and a third child, Shirley, was born.

Duc was known by many as a stoic man who rarely showed emotions and worked tirelessly to ensure his family was never in need. He instilled in his children the importance of maintaining a strong family foundation as well as the values of perseverance and humility. Throughout his life, he suffered many setbacks, including a downed helicopter during his military service and medical challenges during his latter years. He never quit despite the odds being against him and he never failed to surprise those who had doubts. He was the epitome of a fighter.

To his grandchildren, Duc was and always will be their source of unconditional love and support. He did not believe that it was possible to spoil his grandchildren and gave in to their every wish, including ice cream sandwiches for breakfast and weekly trips to the store for toys. The most trivial accomplishments were rewarded with Ông Nội/Ông Ngoại opening his wallet. A visit with him was incomplete without extra pocket money.

Duc is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren Gwen, Emma, Oliver, Charlotte and Elliott, brothers Sanh, Tuoi, and Chi and sisters Tot, Nu, Trong and Quyen. He is greatly missed and our memories of him will never fade.

********************************************************************************** Message to my Ông Nội / Ông Ngoại (Grandfather)

Ông Nội, I would like to thank you for being there for me in my childhood as a great caretaker, and for everything you’ve sacrificed up to this point. If it were not for you, I would not be the hard-working person I am today. You have influenced my life in ways I didn’t realize until much too late, and I am so grateful for everything you’ve given me. I love you, and I hope you are able to eat as much food as you want now. Emma, 18

*********************************************************************************** Dear Ông Ngoại, Thank you for all you gave to me. I really appreciate it all. I liked when you always took me and Elliott to HEB to get toys. You are kind and brave. Oliver, 9

*********************************************************************************** I liked spending the night with Ông Ngoại and he tickled me. Elliott, 5

*********************************************************************************** Dear Ông Nội, I am going to miss you so much. It was always funny when you called me a boy. I hope you are having fun in heaven. I hope you are flying helicopters and eating whatever you want. Charlotte, 6

*********************************************************************************** Dear Ông Nội, It will be rough not having you around anymore, and there’s so much I have to thank you for. I don’t know if there’s any amount of thank you’s I can return that even out all you’ve done. I have no idea how the rest of my life will go, but I’m sure you will guide me, somehow. You risked your life for your family, and I know you will continue to inspire me to fight when life gets difficult. Gwen, 19

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Witness Cremation Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Duc Huu Nguyen

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Binh Lương

April 11, 2019

Lời cuối đến bạn tôi, Nguyễn Hữu Đức trong chuyến bay sau cùng!

Tôi được may mắn làm chung hãng với Đức từ năm 1987 tới 2015.
Bắt đầu ở Baker Hughes, Enerpro, GrantPrico và sau cùng là Vam.
Cả hai chúng tôi cùng nghỉ hưu một lúc.

Chúng tôi có nhiều điểm tương đồng nên rất hiểu nhau.
Cùng sinh ra ở Việt Nam trong thời chiến tranh và lớn lên trong bom đạn.
Đến tuổi biết yêu thì yêu quê hương hơn cả người tình.
Chỉ khác nhau vì Đức là Pilot Gunship Helicopter còn tôi là Skipper Gunboat.
Máy bay Đức bị shot down còn tầu tôi bị thủy lôi nhận chìm.

Đức sau khi bị thương miểng đạn vẫn còn nhiều trong người. Đôi lúc thay đổi thời tiết đã làm Đức rất đau nhức. Tôi cứ phải luôn miệng: Pilot Gunship Helicopter không hèn yếu. Cố gắng lên. VC còn không đầu hàng thì xá gì những mảnh đạn vô tình này. Đức gượng cười cho tôi vui, cái cười chịu đựng!!!

Đức rất thông minh và chăm chỉ. 12 tới 16 tiếng một ngày có khi kéo dài cả 6 tháng khi hãng cần phải cho xong gấp cái Project đúng hẹn.

Là một quân nhân can trường và gương mẫu đã làm tròn trách nhiệm người trai thời chiến. Một người chồng xứng đáng với tình yêu tuyệt đối của vợ. Người cha, người ông mà con cháu khi nói đến, đã nói với cả một niềm hãnh diện, tự hào.

Anh hãy mang theo tất cả những thương yêu tiếc nhớ của gia đình và bạn bè để làm hành trang đi về cõi vĩnh hằng, anh nhé!

Old soldiers never die, they just fade away!!!

Vĩnh biệt anh…
Lương Quang Bình

Ronnie Moake

April 10, 2019

Mr. Nguyen was a smart, hard working, patient and generous individual. He helped me and many co-workers through the years. He also had quiet a sense of humour but never at anyone's expense. I was lucky to have had the oppurtunity to work with him and learn from him. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Mike Ramirez

April 10, 2019

To a friend / co-worker - It was my pleasure knowing and meeting you over 25 years ago. I learned so much from you in the oil & gas industry. Till this day I still refer to notes that you have provided me in the Enerpro / Grant Prideco days. You were always calm and collected during our stressful days, but you managed to lead us with ease. Your expertise will be missed, but most importantly your kindness will never be forgotten. You will be missed!

Mike Ramirez

Dzung Nguyen

April 9, 2019

Tên của Anh Hùng phi công Tr/uý Nguyển Hửu Đức đả được khắc trong bia tửng niệm và sẻ an vị bên trong viện bảo tàn .
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