Col. Frank Caldwell Auten, Jr.

Col. Frank Caldwell Auten, Jr.

Col. Frank Caldwell Auten, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on May 8, 2018.  He had a long and wonderful life, going from driving a Model T as a teenager to flying jets during his career in the Air Force. He was a veteran of WWII and the early stages of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Flying Medal for his work as a pilot trainer during WWII. After the war he was assigned as the first ever Flying Safety Officer for the Army Air Corp.  He then went on to be the Air Attaché Officer for the London Embassy where he met and toured Eddie Rickenbacker around various places in the UK and Europe. He had many other assignments throughout his career and retired from Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City in 1968. 

He met and married his life time partner, Mary Carlton Auten in August of 1942 in Albany, GA. They retired to the Lower Rio Grande Valley where they grew avocados and citrus for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Carlton Auten, his brother, Everett Myer Auten, sister, Sara Jane Anderson, his son, Frank Caldwell Auten III, and his second wife Rhea Poisson Auten  He is survived by his daughter, Susan Auten Wernli and son-in-law, Erwin Wernli, daughter-in-law Maria Auten, grandchildren, Frank Hudluman, Mary Jane Morris, Nikki Wernli and Matthew Wernli.  Great grandchildren, Alex Hudluman, Allyssa Hudluman Meyers, Kade Hudluman, Kobin Hudluman, Maria Jeannette Morris and Jaxon James Wernli. Also, his nephew Frank Auten, niece Kay Auten McGarity and their families whom he grew close to in his later years. He will be missed, but we rejoice that he has made it Home.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in San Marcos at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26.

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