Colonel Walter Richard BrettFebruary 12, 1931 ~ October 20, 2017 (age 86)
Col. Walter Richard (Dick) Brett (USAF – Ret.) born February 12, 1931 in St. Augustine, FL.
Dick Brett, 86, made his final takeoff on Friday October 20, 2017 in his home at IRCC, Viera surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his sister Nancy Ware (Nick) of Jacksonville, FL, children Brenda Cockerham (Tom) of Alma, AR; Carol Manley (Gene) of Largo; FL, Dale Brett of Viera, FL; William Brett of Fort Myers, FL; Robert Brett (Debbie) of Ruskin, FL and his 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Dick received his commission in 1952 as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He was a decorated Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Legion of Merit. He flew weather reconnaissance in Alaska and Vietnam. He served as the Staff Weather Officer at Cape Canaveral AFS for many of the Apollo missions and specifically for the recovery for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. He retired in 1979 after 28 years of service with the rank of Colonel. He then went on to work with Lockheed Martin, PRC, and the United Space Alliance for the successful Shuttle program serving as Cargo Bay Head Engineer.
Visitation will be at Beckman-Williamson October 24 at 1PM followed by the funeral service at 2PM. The final internment Ceremony with Full Honors will be at 1PM, October 25 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.