Ret. Navy Commander Elmer Charles Tallman, 87, of Greenway-Lowell Road, Verona, died Sunday, November 06, 2011 at the Masonic Care Community with his family by his side. He was born July 16, 1924 in Durhamville, NY the son of Elmer E. and Rose Klammer Tallman. On June 5, 1949 he married Marion Stook in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Churchville, NY.
Elmer graduated from Oneida High School and Parks Air College of St. Louis University. Elmer served in the U.S. Navy during WW II, Korean, and Vietnam Wars and retired as Navy Commander in 1969. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Southwest Pacific Theater from March 1945 to May 1945. In 1996, he was the recipient of the FAA’s "Charles Taylor Award", named for the Wright Brothers mechanic the first aircraft mechanic ever - and the FAA’s highest honor. Elmer worked for Robinson Airlines, Utica Aircraft, Verona BOCES, as an aircraft maintenance instructor, and Durhamville Airport. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, New London-Vienna Masonic Lodge #420 F&AM, "Quiet Birdmen", Experimental Aircraft Assoc., Military Officers Association, Verona VFW, Greenway-Verona Mills Fish and Game Club, and National Rifle Assoc.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; three sons, Dale Charles and Beverly Tallman, Anchorage, Alaska, Timothy Jay and Denise, Claremore, OK, and Glenn David Tallman, Washington, NC; seven grandchildren, Tennie Rose, Dustin, Emily, Shaun, Jenna, Juan, Jamie; two great grandchildren, Taiya and Kinley; a sister Marieta Frances and Allen Carey, Rochester, NY.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneida, NY. Relatives and friends may call at the Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home for Funerals, Inc. 210 W. Court St., Rome Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or New London-Vienna Masonic Lodge #420 F&AM.
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