Commander Paul Hunter Terhune, United States Navy Reserves, of Conroe, Texas died peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at his home in Conroe, Texas. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carleen Marks Terhune, his parents, Daniel and Joy Terhune, of Lexington, Kentucky and his brother, Dr. David (Dorothy) Terhune, nieces Summer (Oliver) Jeromin, Kendall (Richard) Colquitt, and Rebecca Joy Terhune and his nephew David Terhune, Jr., and five great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by three stepchildren, Christa White, Brady (Michelle) White, and Benjamin (Shawna) White, and 9 step- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his only son, Captain Eric Daniel Terhune, a Marine helicopter pilot who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 19, 2008. Captain Eric Terhune had previously served two tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served honorably for more than 10 years of active duty service to County and Corps.
Commander Paul Terhune was born in Brownwood, Texas on November 23, 1950. He grew up in Kentucky and attended Wheaton Academy in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received a BA degree in History from Western Kentucky University, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation. He then earned his Navy wings at Pensacola, Florida. His career as a military pilot spanned 31 years before retiring from the Naval Reserve.
Commander Terhune spent two years in Okinawa early in his career and is one of the few airmen who served in all three sea services, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and the Navy. His citations include and reflect his patriotism.
His career apart from the military was with Continental Airlines for 23 years from which he retired on November 23, 2010.
Burial services will be held for Commander Terhune on Thursday May 26th at 10 am at the American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038, (281) 445-0050. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 25th from 5-8pm. Friends are invited to join the family at a reception honoring Commander Terhune at Landry’s Seafood, 1212 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, 77380, immediately following the services.