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Fred Surman Jr.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CHAFFEE -- Fred M. Surman Jr., 87, died May 27, 2012, at his home.

Born Jan. 5, 1925, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Frederick and Bernice Muns Surman Sr., he retired as a lieutenant colonel after 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. During World War II, he served 13 months in the China-Burma-India Theater, where he flew "The Hump." He was awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a fireman from 1949-1961 for the Frisco Railroad which later became the Burlington Northern Railroad. He was an engineer from 1961 until he retired from the railroad in 1985. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Chaffee, Chaffee Elks Lodge No. 1810 and Chaffee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3127, he served as a board commissioner from 1987-1994 and was treasurer from 1991-1994 of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority.

Survivors include: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debby and Dub Cook of Chaffee, Diane and Bill Borneman of Gleason, Tenn., and Darla Turner of Chaffee; and six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Surman and Buck Surman.

Visitation is scheduled at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, where the Chaffee VFW Post will have a service at 7 p.m. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel with the Rev. Marty Blakey officiating.

Burial with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force will follow at Union Park Cemetery in Chaffee.