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6/16/05-Longview

Longview Airman Laid To Rest

Hundreds of East Texans said farewell today to Air Force serviceman Tony Kindle. He died of heart failure just a few days ago. He was never deployed during the war, never won a purple heart, but the job he did at home has his family and friends believing he was as much a hero as anyone on the front lines. In a packed T.G. Field Auditorium in Longview, friends and family came to mourn the loss of 41-year-old Tony Kindle, affectionally known as "T.K".

Four years in the regular Air Force and 15 years in the reserves, Tony died suddenly while working and training at Camp Dulles in San Antonio.

"He had a good life. He was a good person, liked by everyone.  He always had a good word to says," said Kindle's aunt Buelah Washington.

"It's kind of like having a brother, sister, uncle, aunt, blood you can't take that away," said close friend Eric Hewitt.

He was an athlete and graduate of Longview High School. A member of the Red Horse Reserve Squadron out of Barksdale, Tony was like thousands of military men and women who stayed behind. He worked on aircraft, checking ordinance, doing work at home to help soldiers overseas.

"I think his life would have been getting better and better than what it was," said Washington.

Kindle was laid to rest in Tatum with full military honors.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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