A Legacy of Courage and Service: Remembering Michael Tanner Wilmore
On July 29, 2023, the world lost a remarkable individual, Michael Tanner Wilmore, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loving family in his Driftwood, Texas home. Michael’s journey began on November 19, 1943, in Portland, Indiana, born to the proud parents Charlotte Ann Hiles and George Albert Wilmore.
From an early age, Michael demonstrated a thirst for knowledge and a passion for serving others. He graduated from Dunkirk High in 1961, embarking on a remarkable path that would leave a lasting impact on the lives of countless people.
Michael’s pursuit of higher education led him to earn a degree in Biology from Ball State University in 1966. His dedication and commitment to serving his country then led him to the United States Air Force, where he rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming a Lieutenant Colonel. He specialized in weapons systems and aerospace munitions, flying F-4’s and KC135’s with the 44th TAC Fighters Squadron “Vampires.” He continued serving Civil Duty as a Navigator for Air Transport and an ordinance engineer for the 434th Wing Air Mobility Command and flew with the 704th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Outlaws” Oct 1982-Jun 1991. After 37 years of distinguished service, he retired in January 2006, leaving behind a legacy of excellence.
But Michael’s spirit of service didn’t end with his military career. He continued to give back to his community, volunteering in various organizations. Notably, he played a pivotal role in establishing the communications and radio teams for the Hays County Community Emergency Response Team, ensuring a swift response during disasters in areas lacking conventional communication means.
His involvement extended to the Hays County Sheriffs Citizen’s Academy and his active participation in VFW Post 6441 in Wimberley, where he continued to serve and support fellow veterans.
Throughout his illustrious career and lifetime of service, Michael received numerous awards, accolades, and medals, recognizing his exceptional contributions to his country and community.
Beyond his distinguished accomplishments, Michael cherished his role as a loving spouse to Mineko Wilmore and a devoted father to his children, Eddie Wilmore and Michelle Moore, and his two beloved dogs, Chico and Bitsy. He was a beloved brother to Greg Wilmore, Karen Williams, and George Wilmore, and preceded in death by his parents, Charlotte Ann and George Wilmore, brother Brian Wilmore, and sister Annette Thill.
Michael’s legacy lives on through his three grandchildren, Colin Wilmore, Addison Wilmore, and Matthew Moore.
As we mourn the passing of this extraordinary individual, let us not forget to celebrate the profound impact he made on the lives he touched. A funeral service will be held at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle, Texas, on August 18, 2023, at 11 am where we will honor and pay tribute to Michael’s incredible life. Pastor Lee of the Japanese Church of Austin will lead the ceremony, commemorating a life well-lived.
Following the service, Michael will be laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, a fitting tribute to his honorable service in the United States Air Force.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to organizations close to Michael’s heart, such as lung cancer research foundations, veteran/military charities, or dog rescue organizations aiding military members and their beloved companions.
The Wilmore family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the many friends and family members who have offered their condolences and shared heartwarming memories of Michael. Your love and support have brought comfort during this difficult time.
As we bid farewell to Michael Tanner Wilmore, let us remember him not only for his extraordinary achievements but also for the kindness, compassion, and unwavering dedication he showed to every person he encountered. May his memory serve as a shining example of courage, selflessness, and service to us all. Rest in peace, Michael.