Larce Milton Padgett, 68, of Normangee Texas passed from this life on September 30, 2016 in Caldwell, Texas where he was a resident of Burleson St Joseph Manor. A Rosary will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1 Ranch Road Normangee, TX with a Funeral Mass to immediately follow. Family and friends are then invited to gather for a Celebration of Life at the Normangee Service Club, located at 231 W OSR in Normangee, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. before traveling to Rest-Ever Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryan for interment beginning at 2:00 p.m. Funeral services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers of Bryan College Station.
He was born December 9, 1947 in Kerrville, Texas to Clyde and Mildred (Oldham) Padgett. Mr. Padgett was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Norman Padgett, Burlin Padgett and Glenn Padgett, as well as a sister, Kathleen Runnels and a niece, Paula Murphy.
He was survived by his wife Rebecca Padgett of Normangee, and a daughter, Kimberly Elaine Padgett of Denver Colorado. Larce also leaves behind a brother, Roger Padgett and sisters Karen Sue Gibson and Lana Kay Pruett. Other survivors include Rebecca’s children, Ronnie, Mary, and Nicholas (Catherine), as well as their children, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Larce proudly served in the United States Army for over 11 years, acting as a door gunner in the Huey Helicopter with the Headquarters Troop Aviation Platoon of the 11th Armored Calvary, also known as the famed Blackhorse Regimen in Vietnam from 1967-1968, a member of the Special Forces, and later held the role of a drill sargeant. After his time in Vietnam, Larce was assigned to the Army Crypto Unit at NATO in Rotterdam, Netherlands as a supervisor. For his service to our country, he was awarded the the Aircraft Crewman Badge, the Air Medal 1st through 9th Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Award, National Defense Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Four Battle Stars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Army Valor Award, and many other commendations during the Vietnam War as well as times of peace. After exiting the Army, he began a 20 year career as a truck driver and eventually made his home in Normangee.
He was a great lover of animals and contributed frequently to the Humane Society and other charities that provided for animals. An avid collector of many things, especially trains and recipes, Larce enjoyed cooking, and after retirement would spend countless hours preparing and testing the many recipes that he come across.
Larce Padgett was a member of the Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, Normangee, Texas.
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Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort to the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if we. An do anything for you or your family.
Larce was my doorgunner in VietNam and he was one of the finest, bravest men I ever knew. Till fiddlers green my friend.
I am so sorry for your loss. To lose a dear friend or a relative is the hardest thing to deal with. Many have found this Bible verse at Revelation 21:4 to be comforting, that verse discusses the Bible’s encouraging promise to end death forever.
Becky, I don’t know if you remember me, but I was a nurse at the VA in Temple and took care of Larce on several admissions. He was truly a wonderful man and it was a great pleasure to be able to take care of him. I’m sorry for your loss. He’s been on my mind recently and just saw his obituary. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!