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Obituary for Bartley W. Furey, Colonel (Ret.)

Bartley W. Furey, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army went to his Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017. Born November 3, 1937 in Cornwall, NY to a Coast Guard family, he lived in six states prior to graduating from Tampa Jesuit High School, where he lettered in football. He began his military career in the Florida National Guard and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1960 as a Field Artillery Officer. He was an Airborne Ranger and served in many duty stations before retiring in 1988. His tours included two combat assignments in Vietnam; first as an advisor to a Vietnamese infantry unit, and later in the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division. He is mentioned in several books about both tours for combat actions in which he participated.

Among other awards, he received the Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, Nine Air Medals, and Vietnamese awards of the Gallantry Cross/Silver Star and Honor Medal First Class.

In 1962, he married Jane Schiffgen, his home town sweetheart, best friend, and beloved wife of 55 years. Setting the standard for an Army wife, she provided for 27 homes in 26 years of military life.

Bart held advanced degrees from American Technological University and Auburn University. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the Defense Language Institute, and the Air Force War College where he also served as the Army Faculty Member.

As a civilian aviator he had more than 4,000 flying hours and was rated a Certificated Flight Instructor and Airline Transport Pilot, Land and Sea.

A devout Roman Catholic, and long-time member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, he was knighted by the Vatican as a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He was a Paul Harris Fellowship Rotarian and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

His interests varied from Scuba diving, parachuting, sailing, photography and running; he twice completed the Honolulu Marathon. Most of all, he loved his God, his family, and his country.
After retirement he flew as a professional pilot, taught for Gulf Coast Community/State College as an adjunct, and later as a full-time instructor in aviation science and the criminal justice academy. There, as a Bay County Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff for eighteen years, he taught defensive tactics and firearms. As a civilian contractor, he worked on Navy diving, salvage, and Special Warfare programs. He and Jane travelled extensively through the Caribbean, South Pacific, Mediterranean, and Europe.

He was predeceased (1964) by daughter Therese Ann. In addition to his wife Jane, he is survived by son Michael, and grandsons William and Matthew, all of Montgomery.

A funeral Mass will commence at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 17, 2017 at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Father Anthony Nguyen presiding. The family will receive visitors before Mass at 8:30 A.M., then a Rosary will be said at 9:30 A.M. Interment will be on a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.


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Rosary

Monday

17

Apr

9:30 AM
Saint Dominic Catholic Church

3308 E 15th St
Panama City, Florida 32405

Mass

Monday

17

Apr

10:00 AM
Saint Dominic Catholic Church

3308 E 15th St
Panama City, Florida 32405

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Location

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22211

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