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Col. John H. “Jake” Tweedy, of Williamsburg, lost his courageous battle with leukemia on Sunday, June 7, 2015, with family by his side. He was 63.
Jake grew up in Hampton and after graduating with his bachelor’s in economics from Virginia Tech, he resided in many areas of the United States and Europe during his distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force.
He later obtained his master’s degree in international relations and after proudly serving his country for 26 years and retired as a colonel with numerous medals and honors. Positions included weapons and tactics instructor, fighter pilot, operations officer and three-time fighter squadron commander.
Jake flew many aircraft, including the T38, F4, F15C and F15E and was a command pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. He was also a graduate of the prestigious Air Force Fighter Weapons School. Following his Air Force retirement, he joined Whitney, Bradley & Brown in Hampton as senior manager in Weapons Systems Integration.
Jake is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Susan Wallace Tweedy; son, Kristopher and his wife, Julie; mother, Annie Mae Tweedy; sister, Anne Emerson and husband, Malcolm; brother, Charles Tweedy and wife, Frances; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a full extended family of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Burton Tweedy.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Services to be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Bucktrout Funeral Home.
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