John Hunter Tweedy

July 18, 1951 - June 7, 2015
John Hunter Tweedy

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Williamsburg, Virginia

USAF Colonel (Retired) John H. ìJakeî Tweedy, of Williamsburg, lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 with family by his side. Jake grew up in Hampton, Virginia and after graduating with his B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech, resided in many areas of the United States and Europe during his distinguished career in the United States Air Force. He later obtained his M.A. in International Relations and after proudly serving his country for 26 years, retired as a Colonel with numerous medals and honors. Positions included weapons and tactics instructor, fighter pilot, operations officer, and three-time fighter squadron commander. Jake flew many aircraft including the T38, F4, F15C, and F15E and was a command pilot with over 4000 flying hours. He was also a graduate of the prestigious USAF Fighter Weapons School. Following his Air Force retirement, he joined Whitney, Bradley, & Brown in Hampton, Virginia as Senior Manager in Weapons Systems Integration.

Jake is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Susan Wallace Tweedy, son, Kristopher and his wife, Julie, mother Annie Mae Tweedy, sister, Anne Emerson and husband Malcolm, brother Charles Tweedy, and wife Frances, 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, and a full extended family of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in- laws, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, John Burton Tweedy.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by clicking the link on the Left Tab of this page.

There will be a funeral service, with full military honors, at Arlington National Cemetery on October 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm with reception to follow, at the Officer’s Club at Ft. Myer.

Arrangements are in the care of Bucktrout Funeral Home, Williamsburg, Virginia.


Friday, October 30, 2015
12:00 AM

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  • June 23, 2015
    Jack Akenson says:
    Susan, My condolences to your family. Jake was a great mentor to so many, he brought out the best in all of us. His leadership and humor will not be forgotten. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fly with and know him. Jack ìHooterî Akenson

  • June 11, 2015
    Tim 'doc Rodney' Cloonan says:
    Remember Jake well from my 9 years at Luke Air Patch. Well like by everyone, good stick excellent officer. With utmost respect, Doc Rodney

  • June 12, 2015
    Mac Mccorkle says:
    So sorry to hear about Bird. I don't think I knew his middle name. My grandfather was a Hunter. I hope to be at the Arlington ceremony if at all possible.-Mac

  • June 11, 2015
    Debi Paschall Hawkins says:
    So very sad to hear of John's passing. Many fond memories from our HHS days. May God give you comfort and peace at this time.

  • June 24, 2015
    Janet and Dan Burdette says:
    Susan and family, We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our prayers. Janet and Dan