James Larry Gresham

Friday, August 3, 2012

James Larry Gresham, 68, passed away peacefully July 18, 2012, at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born July 28, 1943, in Heber Springs, Ark., and was preceded in death by his parents, James Erben Gresham and Madge Love Gresham Lemasters, his daughter, Cheri Kay Gresham, and his brother, Dane Gresham. Larry spent his early childhood years in Boulder Colo., where his father, James Erben, graduated from CU with degree in pharmacology). Later, he attended schools in small towns in Texas and Arkansas (including Camden, Trumann, and Heber Springs), where he enjoyed many happy times with extended family.

After graduation, Larry entered the U.S. Air Force, became an officer, and worked with computer software systems. He served at several bases in the United States and for a time in Panama. He later taught computer science at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. After a 20-year career, he retired with the rank of major, having received the following commendations: Joint Service Commendation Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Good Conduct Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Upon retirement from the military, he was employed by UCCS in Colorado Springs, teaching computer science, and later by Carnegie Mellon University's Systems Engineering Institute. He continued to use his expertise in software systems engineering in the private sector primarily for defense contractors in Colorado and Virginia. Upon his second retirement in 2004, he enjoyed his free time pursuing several interests, including his favorite pasttime, fishing Colorado lakes and rivers with family.

He will be laid to rest at Pearson Cemetery, near Quitman, Arkansas.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Malone Gresham; son, Kyle Gresham, wife, Glynis, granddaughters, Rhiannon and Cordelia, of Boulder, Colo.; son, Paul Gresham, wife, Debbie, grandchildren, Sarah, Jacob, Emma, Richard, and Michael, of Stanton, Calif.; stepson, Wallace Lee Reed IV, wife, Rosie, their children, Lee, Andrew, and William, of Harlingen, Texas; stepdaughter, Melissa Hall, and children, Ben and Summer Hall, of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Leilani (Gresham) Durrett, and husband, John, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; and sister, Janice (Gresham) Scarbrough, husband, Richard, and niece, Sarah, of Greers Ferry, Ark.

A memorial mass was held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug 3, at Family Funeral Service in Heber Springs, Ark., 100 West Searcy Street. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. in Pearson Cemetery, Quitman, Ark. Arrangements are by Family Funeral Service, 100 West Searcy Street, Heber Springs, 72543, 501-362-2088, www.dwightfamilyfuneral.com.