OBITUARY

LTC (Ret.) Elbert "Bert" Alan Humphrey

November 21, 1941October 11, 2013
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LTC (Ret.) Elbert Alan (Bert) Humphrey of Norman, OK crossed over from this life to the next on 10/11/2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71. Born to Wm. E. (Bill ) and Mary E. (Mamie) Humphrey of Pauls Valley, OK where he was raised. He was a lifelong member of The First Christian Church, a Boy Scout, a football player, and a member of The Order of Demolay. He attended Pauls Valley Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he met and later married the love of his life, Patricia Kay Humphrey (nee McCord). After graduating, he proudly volunteered for service in the US Army, where he served faithfully for over 28 years, serving 2 tours in Vietnam as an Airborne Ranger. During his career, he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars for Valor, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Meritorious Medals, The Air Medal, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 for Valor), The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal with Silver and Bronze Stars, 3 Overseas Service Ribbons, The Vietnam Campaign Medal, The Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Device, and The Vietnamese Ranger Badge. He was a graduate of the NCO Basic Course, Infantry School, Airborne School, Ranger Course, Jumpmaster School, Ranger Instructors Course, The Infantry Officers Advanced Course, and The Armed Forces Staff College. After he retired, he continued to serve his country as a contractor with the Department of Defense, The American Legion, The Disabled American Veterans, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, as President of the Oklahoma chapter of The US Army Rangers Association, The Cleveland County Election Board, and The Rotary Club. He loved watching football and old Westerns, a good single-malt, traveling, golf, and telling war stories. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, their daughter Brooke Ryan, their son and daughter-in-law Blayke and Catherine Humphrey, and grandsons Ciaran Ryan and Elliot Humphrey as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and his brother William (Bill) Humphrey. Service will take place at 10AM, Oct. 16, 2013 at First Christian Church of Norman, 220 S. Webster, with interment with full military honors at 2 PM at Ft. Sill National Cemetery, 2648 Dunn Rd, Elgin, OK. Hooah!.

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  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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LTC (Ret.) Elbert "Bert" Alan Humphrey

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Fred Robbins

October 23, 2013

Bert was a long time friend. He talked me into a blind date with my wife over 49 years ago. Patty Kay and Bert gave me the most important person in my life. We had great times during our college days and Bert was an instructor in the Florida Ranger Camp when I graduated from Ranger School. I'll miss him but know that he is with our Savior Jesus Christ.

Fred & Pam Robbins (Seminole, FL)

Dan&Linda Mora

October 21, 2013

A great man and a great friend. Though we were close to the same age, I looked at Bert as a brother and sometimes a father with whom I could share my thoughts and talk about family. We spent many hours together, especially on the long night when we were both engaged in training military personnel preparing to go in harms way. Bert truly loved his Sooners but he loved his family more. He never met a stranger. His passing is a great loss to his family and his friends. My wife and I were honored to have known Bert. Our sincerest best wishes for his entire family.

October 17, 2013

Saddened to hear of Bert's passing, he was a real gentleman. It was great getting together with him at the Ranger Muster a few years back. "Rangers Lead the Way", and he did. Jeff Hoffman (Kennesaw, GA)

Frederick Wilmoth

October 16, 2013

I was saddened to hear the news of Bert's passing. Very soon after I met him in 1999 I knew he was a good, good man. It was a professional and personal pleasure to know him and work with him on Army exercises. It made me regret that we had never served together during our many years in the Army. Cindy and I send our deepest condolences to Patty, their children, and the other members of their family.

Rest in peace, Bert.
Fred and Cindy Wilmoth

Paul Jones

October 15, 2013

One of the best officers that I ever worked for. And he was a valued friend. Dianne and I are deeply saddened.

Sam Thiessen

October 15, 2013

Enough cannot be said about Bert Humphrey, a fine military officer and a gentleman. Bert's concern for the mission and the people around him elevate him to the ranks of the noble and the righteous. No one could argue that he ever shirked his duty and his actions as a leader speak for themselves. I am most pleased and honored by have had Lt. Colonel Humphrey as a friend, and I look forward to rejoining him at the appointed time.

October 15, 2013

Bert, I am privileged and honored to have known you and called you friend. You, sir will always rank as one of my most respected and loved comrades in arms and in the world. John Warren

Keith Nessle

October 15, 2013

It was an honor to know Bert, he was quick to laugh, but you could count on his sage advice and counsel. He influenced me to work in the training environment for our Soldiers that he was so proud to be a part of. My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family.

LaVon Archer

October 15, 2013

What wonderful memories I have of Bert and his family while growing up in Pauls Valley and attending the First Christian Church together. The Humphreys were such special friends of my family and we spent many happy times together. Pat, I know how much he loved you, Brooke, Blakye and those wonderful grandchildren. May God bless each of you.

October 15, 2013

I am going to miss BERT as a friend and work mate. He always was smiling and enjoying life which was contagious to all he met and worked with.

DAVE PEPPER