NORMAN — Lt. Col. (Ret.) Elbert Alan “Bert” Humphrey, of Norman, crossed over from this life to the next Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71. He was born to William E. (Bill) and Mary E. (Mamie) Humphrey, of Pauls Valley, where he was raised.
He was a life-long member of the First Christian Church, a Boy Scout, a football player and a member of The Order of Demolay. He attended Pauls Valley Elementary, junior high and high schools. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he met and later married the love of his life, Patricia Kay Humphrey (nee McCord).
After graduating, he proudly volunteered for service in the U.S. Army, where he served faithfully for more than 28 years, serving two tours in Vietnam as an Airborne Ranger. During his career, he was awarded three Bronze Stars for Valor, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Medals, the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals (one for valor), the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Silver and Bronze Stars, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Device and the Vietnamese Ranger Badge.
He was a graduate of the NCO Basic Course, Infantry School, Airborne School, Ranger Course, Jumpmaster School, Ranger Instructors Course, the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, and the Armed Forces Staff College.
After he retired, he continued to serve his country as a contractor with the Department of Defense, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as president of the Oklahoma chapter of the U.S. Army Rangers Association, the Cleveland County Election Board and the Rotary Club.
He loved watching football and old westerns, a good single-malt, traveling, golfing and telling war stories.