Michael Douglas Remington, Lt. Col. (Ret), 62, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on May 17, 2012.
Born in Elwood, Indiana and raised by his grandparents, Alonzo and Theresa Remington, Col. Remington graduated from Indiana University in 1972 and began a distinguished military career. Flying first as a B-52 Navigator, he later became an instructor navigator for the KC-135 and served as the primary navigation expert on th team that developed and tested KC-135/C-130 air refueling procedures. Despite a heavy work load, Col Remington completed a Master’s Degree in Executive Development and attended Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama.
Later he served at Strategic Air Command headquarters as Chief of the Tanker Recon Career Management Section before his technical expertise with tanker refuelable operations lead to a Pentagon assignment as Chief of the Aircraft Systems Branch.
After twenty years in the Air Force, Col Remington retired to become the owner/operator of American Leak Detection of central Virginia where he used specialized equipment to locate concealed water leaks. In spite of a crippling stroke in 2004 that caused him to sell his business, Col. Remington maintained a friendly relationship with many area plumbers and was still occasionally called upon to utilize his vast professional knowledge.
Col. Remington, as an only child, was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Jack Remington; his grandparents, Alonzo and Theresa Remington and Alva and Edna Tranbarger. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rae Ann Peconga Remington; his son, John Robert and wife, Jodi Plasterer of Seattle, Washington; his daughter, Ashley Victoria of Yorktown; and aunt, Nelma Moore of Anderson, Indiana.
Michael Remington was a caring husband, a loving father, and soon to be a grandfather. A private family funeral with full military honors took place at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk on May 21, 2012.
Arrangements were made by Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson.