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Captain Bruce E. Beddow, USMC - Bolivia

Cpt. Bruce Edward Beddow, USMC, age 76 of Winding River in Bolivia, died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Cpt. Beddow was born August 4th, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA to the late David and Eva Beddow. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1957 as an officer candidate / aviation and went on active duty in September 1958 after graduating from Washington College. He graduated from OCS at MCB Quantico then as a Naval Aviator in June 1960. He married Carolyn M. Walls on April 18th in Doylestown, PA. He served as a squadron pilot in HMM-263, and was selected as a recovery pilot of Col. John Glennís (USMC) Mercury Capsule orbital flight in February 1962. He was honorably discharged from active duty in June 1962 and served in the active USMC Reserve as a squadron pilot until 1972. He became a consultant to the Federal Government and worked in the Pentagon. He became President of a research corporation, Kappa Systems, Inc in 1981. He retired from active work in 1994 as part owner of Capital Consulting Corporation and Management Assistance Corporation. He resided in Topsail Beach, NC where he fished and golfed, and Blue Mountain, VA where he made furniture and enjoyed mountain life until 2004. He moved to Winding River Plantation where he enjoyed playing golf from the senior tees, and managing his sonís vineyard in Waterford, VA. He always loved horticulture and returned to Surry College in Yadkin Valley, NC at age 72 to become a certified viticulturist and help his son start a vineyard. He was busy until his death on September 21, 2011. He was preceded in death by a brother Theodore Grant Beddow. He will be deeply missed.

Surviving are his wife Carolyn M. Beddow; a son Bruce Edward Beddow, Jr. and wife Nicole; daughter Linda Diane Beddow Barfield; brother David William Beddow, son-in-law John Barfield; seven grandchildren, Lauren, John, Emily, Claire, Tyler, Wesley, and Tommy; and a great-grandchild, Brooke.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at St. Philipís Episcopal Church in Southport with Reverend Barry Kubler officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport

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