Jack L. Browder

A graveside service for Jack L. Browder, 88, of Tyler, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas with the Rev. Dennis Cable officiating.

Mr. Browder passed away Dec. 6, 2012, under the care of The Hospice of East Texas.

He was born March 8, 1924, in Mangum, Okla., to Orian Gerald and Mabel L. Watts Browder.

Jack graduated from Brownfield schools, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was a navigator gunner for the 327th Bombardment Squadron-92nd Bombardment Group. As a gunner on B17's, Jack was shot down and captured, becoming a prisoner of war for greater than a year. After returning to the U.S., he worked as a civilian supervising the aircraft engine Test Cell division at Reece Air Force Base in Lubbock. He worked there until his retirement.

Jack was a member of the Ex POW Club in Tyler, American Legion, VFW in Frankston and of NARF.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Margaret Browder; sister, Fola Threat; and brother, Norwood Browder.

He is survived by his loving family including his sister-in-law, Donna McCoy and husband Gene of Flint; niece, Lisa Morgan and husband Brett of Tyler; brother-in-law, Leroy Bishop and wife Pat and their sons Cody, Chad and Clay and their families.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ESPCA, the Disabled American Veterans, Attention: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio; or The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 9, 2012