Anthony Thomas Kohlhepp Sr., 88 (Tony), of Northport, passed peacefully on Nov. 4 after a long illness. He was a loving father and best friend to his daughter, Karen Elizabeth Kohlhepp of Northport, and Anthony Thomas Kohlhepp Jr. of Chester, VA. Tony was predeceased by his wife, Laura June (Boulter) Kohlhepp whom he married in 1952, as well as his father, Frank John Kohlhepp and mother, Nelle Elizabeth (Thomas) Kohlhepp.

Born in Kane, Pa. in 1924, Tony proudly served in Burma during World War II with Company C, 558th Signal Air Warning Battalion, 10th Army Air Corp. After the war, he served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 30 years at various air bases around the world, including Canada, Japan, Hawaii and Germany. In addition to WWII, Tony supported both the Korean and Vietnam theaters of combat. He received over the course of his distinguished military career a multitude of medals and ribbons including those for meritorious service, as well as 10 bronze stars. Tony retired in 1971 as a Chief Master Sergeant with the HQ 20th Air Division (Defense) at Ft. Lee in Va. He went on to work at Phillip Morris in Richmond where he retired in 1984. Afterward, Tony moved with his wife, Laura, to Lakeland, Fla. where they lived for more than 20 years and where she passed in 1996.

Including his daughter and son, Tony is survived by his grandsons Christopher Scott Kohlhepp and Thomas Edward Kohlhepp, both currently residing in Petersburg, Va. He would have also welcomed with pride his first great-grandchild, Madeline Grace Kohlhepp, who will be born in December. In addition, Tony is survived by his loving sister, Alice Lucille (Kohlhepp) Swanson of Odessa, Texas (formerly of Bradford, Pa.) and dear friend, Lou Hoss, of Sunland, Ca. (formerly Lakeland, Fla.).

Tony’s life was one of grace, dignity and honor. He was a kind soul and a true gentleman, and he will be greatly missed. With full military honors, Tony will be buried at Florida (Bushnell) National Cemetary alongside his wife, Laura.

The family wishes to thank Private Home Care, Inc. and especially Shirley Morse, for their wonderful care, as well as for the support of the nurses and home health aides at Waldo County Home Health & Hospice and Kno-Wal-Lin.