Colonel John Humphries Jr., 84

Col. John Humphries
Col. John “Jack” Humphries Jr., 84, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Aug. 3.

He was born in Cincinnati and graduated from Miami University of Oxford and went on to study at American and George Washington universities in Washington D.C.

He served in the military during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His assignments included Alaska, Turkey, Japan, Hawaii and many other state tours. In 1979 the the USAF assigned him to Sheppard AFB as commander, 3780th technical training group.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one OLC, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and many more.

Humphries went on to work as the data processing manager for the city of Wichita Falls. He then started a computer consulting service called Information Filing Systems. He served as the executive secretary for the International Government Information Sciences Computer Users group for 11 years.

Humphries was a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls, a Mason of the Gerard Lodge 428 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Newtown, Ohio, the American Legion Post 169 of Wichita Falls and a past member of the Maskat Shrine Temple.

He spent the remaining years of his life devoted to his family, caring for his bride, protecting his children and doting on his grandchildren.

He is survived by his son Keith Humphries Betscher, daughter-in-law Jan, granddaughter Nicole, daughter Dr. Holle L. Humphries, son-in-law Dr. Tai Kreidler, son Maj. John Humphries III, granddaughter Ashleigh and grandsons Adam and Benjamin.

He is also survived by his brother Fred (Sally) and Thomas (Anita) and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Burton Betscher.

Memorials in Humphries name to his favorite of USAF historical legacies, the National WASP World War II Museum, P.O. Box 456, Sweetwater, Texas 79556.