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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas Daniel Casey passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Floresville, Texas, at the age of 74. He was born in New York City, N.Y., to Edward and Vera Casey on Dec.27, 1936.

Tom was a combat medical evacuation helicopter pilot (Dustoff) serving our nation in Vietnam. He recruited pilots into the Army Medical Department aviation program. U.S. awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, 13 Air Medals, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the combat Medical Badge, and the Master Army Aviator Badge. His qualifications included both fixed wing (Mohawk) and helicopter instrument. Tom flew crash-rescue helicopters (Flatiron) at the Army Aviation Center. He served two tours in Korea. He graduated from the Army’s Command and General Staff College.

Tom graduated from Omaha University, where he married Barbara. He entered the service in 1961 and retired in 1981. He loved his family, cooking steaks on the grill outdoors, and feeding the deer. In the 1980s, he was a pilot for the Texas Governor’s Office. Tom enjoyed the Model-A cars club travel with Barbara.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann Casey.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Teri Ann Casey; his grandchildren, Tuesday Joy Cox and husband Patrick, Holly Jordan Casey-Kuhlmann, and Thomas Gerald Casey-Kuhlmann; and his great-grandchildren, Nicholas Patrick Cox and Elizabeth Ann Watson.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m. in the Sunset Funeral Home in San Antonio.

A graveside service was held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home, 200 Veterans Drive, Floresville, TX 78114.

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