Ltc Van Brown Tate
Ltc Van Brown Tate
  • August 22, 1938 - October 1, 2017
  • Killeen, Texas

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LTC (Ret)Van Brown Tate

LTC (Ret) Van Brown Tate passed away on October 1st at his home in Killeen, with his family and faithful caregiver by his side.
Visitation will be held on October 8 from 6-8pm at Crawford-Bowers Funeral home. A funeral service will be held on October 9 at 10:30am at Trinity Baptist Church in Harker Heights, followed by interment at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
Van was born in Stephenville Texas in 1938. He was a graduate of Stephenville High School class of 1956. He held a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas Western College (UTEP), a Bachelor of Science in Education from Mary Hardin-Baylor, and a Master of Science from American Technical University. He served on active duty in the United States Army for 15 years. His assignments included a tour in Germany, two tours in Vietnam, and four years as ROTC instructor at North Dakota State University. He served 13 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Decorations include Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Parachutist Badge; Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal, 1st Class
In addition to military service, he taught History at Fairway Middle School for 20 years. He had a lifelong love of learning and music. He played trombone in high school, and was active singing in the church choir for many years. He was a founding member of Trinity Baptist Church, a deacon, and Sunday School teacher. His hobbies included reading, bowling, skeet shooting, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gerda (Thain) Tate; his daughter Christine (Tate) Barnes of Sammamish, WA; his son and daughter-in-law Brian and Faith Tate of Lubbock, TX; and seven grandchildren, Elise and Gabrielle Barnes, and Ian, Zane, Sean, Raylan, and Brennan Tate.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Adrienne Jackson, Phoenix Provider Services, and Kindred Hospice for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to Fisher House ( in support of military families, or Trinity Baptist Church in Harker Heights, TX.