A military funeral for retired Maj. Wayne R. Vincent, 67, of Killeen, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 6 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Killeen.
Mr. Vincent died Nov. 28, 2013, after losing his battle with terminal brain cancer. He was born Nov. 19, 1946, in Coketon, W.Va., to Ralph Armstrong and Opal Marie Vincent, who both preceded him in death.
During his lifetime, Mr. Vincent served his country in the U.S. Army for 20 years.
With his diligence and drive, he worked his way up from an enlisted soldier to more positions of authority, including being a drill sergeant and receiving a direct commission to second lieutenant in 1969, and retiring as a major (promotable) in 1983.
He moved around military units as an infantryman, paratrooper, with senior combat jumps, and saved the best for last, an aviator flying Hueys and fixed-wing aircraft. He earned several decorations with “V” devices while serving in the Vietnam War.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from ATU and earned a place in Who’s Who in 1978-1979. He also held a master’s degree in special education.
We’d like to thank the wonderful Scott & White Hospice team, Angela and Leslie for making Dad comfortable in his last days.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki Marie; his two children by former wife Pamela Vincent, son, Rick Vincent and his wife, Angela, of Killeen and daughter, Kellie Rasmussen and her husband, David, of San Antonio; two stepdaughters, Amie and Amanda Nordhagen, both of Killeen; three grandchildren, Christie and Cody Vincent and Ashleigh Masters; his sisters, Gerri Leggio, Micki Vincent and Leslie Renzi; and two brothers, Robert William and Jeffery Lynn Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.