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Lt. Col.(Ret.) Kathryn L. Close, USAF

Obituary for Lt. Col.(Ret.) Kathryn L. Close, USAF

October 8, 1945 - February 21, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 72


Kathryn L. Close, age 72 of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Vinton, IA died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas
Kathryn was born October 8, 1945, in rural Walker, Iowa, the daughter of Paul V. and Hazel V. Hopper Close. She attended school in Brandon and graduated from Washington High School in Vinton in 1964. She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1967. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loretta Heights College in Denver, Colorado, in 1983, and her Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Kathryn worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids and Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, MN, before joining the United States Air Force in 1971. She was enlisted for 23 years, retiring in 1994 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following her retirement from the military, she worked at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio and fully retired in 2010.

Kathryn was a member of the Society of Air Force Nurses and held various elected offices within that organization. She was also a member of the Women's Overseas League. She was a volunteer driver for the Low Vision Club and enjoyed her bowling league, reading and playing Bridge.
Kathryn is survived by nephews: Dean (Valerie) Close, David (Cheryl) Close, Kevin (Caroline) Close, Stephen (Barb) Close, Andrew Close; niece, Nerme Close and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews all of Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ronald Close; and sister-in-law Cheryl Close.

3:00 P.M.
Interment will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, Vinton, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family.

Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Kathryn and her family in Iowa. Condolences may be left at

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