James Larry Gresham, 68, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2012 at his home in Colorado Springs, CO. He was born July 28, 1943 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, and was preceded in death by his parents James Erben Gresham and Madge Love Gresham Lemasters, his daughter Cheri Kay Gresham, and by his brother Dane Gresham. Larry spent his early childhood years in Boulder Co, (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, Truman, and Heber Springs), where he enjoyed many happy times with extended family.
After graduation, Larry entered the US 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 pastime: 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, CO; son Paul Gresham, wife Debbie, grandchildren Sarah, Jacob, Emma, Richard, and Michael, of Stanton, CA; stepson Wallace Lee Reed IV, wife Rosie, their children: Lee, Andrew, and William, of Harlingen, TX, stepdaughter, Melissa Hall and children Ben and Summer Hall, of Loveland, CO; sister Leilani (Gresham) Durrett and husband John of Sun Lakes, AZ; and sister Janice (Gresham) Scarbrough, husband Richard, and niece Sarah, of Greers Ferry, AR.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, on Monday, July 30th at 11am.
Visitation will be held Friday evening Aug 3rd, 6-8pm at Family Funeral Service in Heber Springs, AR. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10 am in Pearson Cemetery, Quitman, AR. Arrangements by Family Funeral Service, 100 West Searcy Street, Heber Springs, AR 72543 501 362-2088 www.dwightfamilyfuneral.com