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My Father's Funeral

Photographs by J R Compton, Rudy Nordmeyer & Anna Palmer
 

Mom's hand and Daddy's Hands - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

My last photograph of both of Daddy's hands with Mom's right hand 

My father died on May 22, 2015. The viewing was May 31, and the funeral was at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on June 1, 2015.

The B-17 Daddy Flew into Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, parked at Hickam Field. Daddy tells the story on Vimeo.
More Daddy information is at the top of my personal website, JRCompton.com.

  

 
 
The Viewing

 

  

Mom at Dad's Casket, with her sister and best friend, Margie - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Mom at Daddy's Casket with Margie

 

My Brother Tom Pats Daddy's Shoulder - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

My Brother Tom with his Hand on Daddy's Shoulder
 

John M with model of B-17 - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

My Brother John with a Model B-17
 

Dale observing casket - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

My Brother Dale

 

Todd, Hale and Mary Ann at the Casket - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Todd, Haley and My Sister Mary Ann

 

The Family Watches Daddys Life in Video - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Tom, Joyce, Anna, Mom, Margie, Jennifer and John watching the video Jennifer made

 

Job and Family - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Job & Family: B-17 and Dad, Mary Ann, John, me, Tom, Dale and Mom in the mid-1960s

 

Jay reading Daddy's Scrapbook - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Jay Reading the Scrapbook while Jennifer's Video about Daddy plays.

 

Livv with Daddy - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Livvy with her grandfather

 

Jackson - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Jackson

 

Bran Perusing the Morial Table - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Bryan

 

Tom, Patsy & Signer - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Tom, Patsy and Shayne, Interpreter for the Deaf

 

Patsy in the Middle - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Mark, Patsy and Sharon

 

Women, including Betty Bunday, with Mom

Sharon, David, Jackie, Mom, Betty and Becky
 

Kyle with Camera - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Kyle

 

Clare, Julie and John

Jackson, Clare, Irma, John and Julie

 

Livvy and Jennifer Making Faces - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Livvy & Jennifer with Joyce and Sean

 

Colonel John and Mary Compton with Compton Cap - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Daddy, Mom and Dad's Compton cap

 

Rudy Nordmeyer's photo of me

Rudy's photo of me

 

Colorful Bags in Corner - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Bags

 

Birthday Card, Major Dad and Hap Arnold pinning Silver Star on Daddy - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

101st Birthday Card showing Daddy as a San Francisco Trolley Car Driver
and an 8 x 10 photograph of him as a Major in the Air Foce

 

Margie with Mints - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Margie with Mints and a Radiant Smile

 

Sean with Kyle at Daddy's Casket - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Sean and Kyle
 

Daddy's Adventures with Ladders - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Daddy's Adventures with Ladders

 

Daddy's Hands - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Daddy's Hands

 

 

 

Back to Blue Skies

 

 

Half-mast Flag at Blue Skies

Flag flying at half-mast for Daddy at the facility formerly known as "Air Force Village"

 

Mom in Lobby - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Mom in the Lobby

 

Jackson's Tie by Anna Palmer

Jackson's Tie

Limo View of Air Force Village - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

from the Family Limo on the way to the Funeral

 

John was especiall good at keeping Tom in the Know - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Thank you, John (right with Mom) for keeping Tom in the Know at almost every step.

 

  

 

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

  

 

Cemetary Honor Guard - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Cemetery Honor Guard

 

Cooper, Spencer and  - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Spencer, Cooper & Amanda with Charlotte

 

Dale with Indiana Comptons -Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Dale (right) with Indiana Comptons, Bill and John

 

Guards to Casket

Guards Slow-Stepping to Casket

 

Guards with Casket Lone Guard Salute

Guards with Casket and Lone Guard's White Glove Salute

 

Honor Guard with Casket - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

The Honor Guard with Casket

 

Family in the Front - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Family in the Front

 

Folding the Flag - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Folding the Flag

 

Folding the Flag - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

The Symbolism of Flag Folding

 

Soldier's Salute with Cemetary - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Solo Soldier's Salute

 

During the Three-gun Salute - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Daddy's Three-gun Salute seemed Sudden and Loud

 

Playing Taps - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Bugler (far right) Playing Taps

 

Presenting the Flag to Mom - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Presenting the Flag to Mom

 

Mom with Flag - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Margie, Mom with Flag, Tom, Patsy, Dale and Clare

 

Holy Water Scattered on the Casket - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Holy Water Scattered on the Casket

 

The Lone Bugler -Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

The Cemetery

 

Presentation to Mom of shells from three-gun salute - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Presentation of Shells from Three-Gun Salute

 

Most of the Crowd -Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

The Family

Family with J R

The Family with J R

 

Mom, Nate, Jennifer, Haley - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Mom, Nate, Jennifer and Haley

 

 

 

Back at Blue Skies

 

 

Rudy and the Limo Driver - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Rudy and the Limo Driver

 

Flower Girls - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Livvy and Jennifer

 

Folded Flag with Shells from the Three-gun Salute - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Folded Flag with Shells from Three-gun Salute
 
 

 

Lunch

 

 

Rudy Nordmeyer photo of Medal Table Conversation

Mary Ann, Mike, Pamela, Charlotte and Amanda

 

Lunch Crowd Scene - Rudy Nordmeyer

Haley, J R, Sean, Julie, Nate, Jay, Joyce, Cooper, Jared, Maizy, Clare and Maya

 

Rudy Nordmeyer's photo of Dessert - Photograph Copyright 2015 Rudy Nordmeyer. All Rights Reserved.

Rudy's photo of Desserts

 

Rudy Nordmeyer photo of the Kids Table

The Kids' Table: Spencer, Kyle, Maizy, Cooper and Maya

 

Rudy's photo of flowers and Daddy's drawn portrait - Photograph Copyright 2015 b Rudy Nordmeyer . All Rights Reserved.

The Daddy Portrait & Flowers from the Funeral

I remember when this portrait was presented to Daddy. It was controversial, because many thought it looked unfinished, because the artist portrayed Daddy in his Dress Whites Uniform.

Mon at the Mic - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Mary Ann, Sarah Anne, Audra — and Mom takes the microphone

Mom worried she'd be too nervous, but she did very well. She got up, spoke up, said what needed saying, then sat down.

Spoon & Fork Girl -Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Maizy with Spoon and Fork

 

Brian at the Table - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Bryan

 

Sarah Anne and Mary by Anna

Sara Anne and Mary
 

Maya and Tom

Maya and Tom

Anna Clare Dale Libby - Photograph Copyright 2015 JRCompton.com. All Rights Reserved.

Anna, Clare, Dale and Livvy showing a photo

 

Photos by Anna

Family Photos

 

AP Exit

Exit: John, John & Bill, Dale, Mark, Mike, Todd, Pamela, Mom and Mary Ann

 

 

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Special Thanks to Anna