Wesley M. Tillis, 83, Vero Beach

Wesley M. Tillis, 83, died Jan. 29, 2010, at VNA Hospice House.

He was born in Bartow and lived in Vero Beach for 27 years, coming from Jacksonville. He was a veteran of the Navy and Air Force, serving in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and attended the University of Florida.

He was a member and past president of the Vero Beach Bridge Club, a member and past president of the Military Officers Association, a member of the Vero Beach Yacht Club and the Men’s Republican Breakfast Club of Vero Beach.

He was a sponsor for the Guardian Ad Litem program. He was a former CFO of Indian River Memorial Medical Center.

Surivors include his daughters, Deborah Keller of Lilburn, Ga., Cass Worthington of Jacksonville and Jennifer Neal of Pensacola Beach; son, Carlton Blake Tillis of Charleston, S.C.; companion, Betty Weise of Vero Beach; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Beverly; and brother, Donald.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 505 27th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32968.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach, with military honors to follow at the church.

A reception will follow at Regency Park, Vero Beach.

Burial services will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. A guest book may be signed at lowtherfuneralhome.com.

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