Richard Albert Carr 65

Richard Albert Carr, 60 years young, respectfully turned in his Harley Davidson wings and was fitted for his new eternal wings on March 30, 2007. He is and will always be a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Richard was born in Reno and lived with his family all over the United States and abroad: Turkey, Italy, Greece, Germany, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Arizona, Nevada and the East Coast. After graduating from high school, where he was an exceptional all sport athlete, he was accepted to Arizona State University on a swimming and diving scholarship. In 1966, he chose to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Army's 82nd Airborne. After completing Airborne, Ranger, and Scout Sniper Schools he was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. A decorated veteran (Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, Presidential Unit Citation, Expert Marksman, Pathfinder, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne wings and Republic of Vietnam Service awards), he returned to his wife and family in 1968 to begin his ultimate career as a Father. In his professional career he was a Fire Captain, State and City employee. His many passions included his grandchildren, his many pets, collecting his beloved Chicago Bears and Bulls memorabilia, working out to the 'Rocky' movie soundtrack, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. If he wasn't tinkering or cleaning his bikes or truck, he could be found enjoying the open road or planning a rally with friends. He was known for his razor wit, the ability to create nicknames for anyone he met, easy grin and mischievous pranks. He loved to tell good stories as only he could and could make anyone he met feel at home in just a few minutes. He lived his life by a code of simple truths and convictions: Strength and Honor. He did not believe in obstacles or problemsonly solutions and successes. In his children he instilled the same simple credo of his life: Commitment, Initiative and Attitude. His powerful inspiration and leadership by example remain his legacy to those who knew him. He was preceded in eternity by his Grandparents Richard and Georgia, Albert and Lotta and his Father Richard, Mother Wana and Brother Bruce. He is loved and remembered by his family: Sister Cathy and her Husband Andy; former Wife Susan and her Husband Larry; Daughter Lisa and her Husband Troy, his Grandchildren Ashlynn, Austin, Alec, Alijah; Jason and his Wife Sandy and their chidren James, Nicholas and Dalton; Amanda and Casey; Christina and her Husband Waylon and their daughter Tarica; Joanna and her Husband Robbie and their son Nate; Nancy and David; Trish and Lou; Jim and his Wife Dani; Jerone; and his son Anthony. His many friends are innumerable and he would wish only the very best for anyone he met. He reminds us all to Stand Tall, Live Long and Ride Free, and to remember to honor those who have gone before us. STRENGTH AND HONOR

Published in the Reno Gazette Journal on 4/11/07.

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