Richard William Gould died on Dec. 7, 2012, in Alamogordo at 73 years old.
He was born in New Castle, Pa. June 29, 1939, and was the only child of Ruth Adele Covert and Darrell William Gould. He attended schools in Pennsylvania, Montana and Ohio. A talented musician and singer, Dick learned to play the guitar at an early age. He entertained his family and friends for years with his repertoire of ballads. Dick enlisted in the Army in 1957. He was chosen for specialized computer training and was sent to school in White Sands.
This is where his love of that area of the country began. Dick served in the Army for four years, and after an honorable discharge, he was hired by the Martin Marietta Corporation in Littleton, Colo. He lived and worked in Colorado for several years and then took a job with Rockwell International and was transferred to Texas to work in the space industry at Johnson Space Center, where he worked for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Through the years, Dick grew to love sailing and water sports. When he retired in 1980 to work on his inventions, he moved onto his sailboat. A few years later, he purchased land in New Mexico, a place he had always loved.
Mr. Gould is predeceased by his mother, Ruth Whittington, and father, Darrell Gould, and son, Richard William Gould II (Rusty), who died in a helicopter accident in 1994. He is survived by his daughter Bonnie Sue Harrill and husband, Housan, of Bacliff, Texas; a grandson Jason Gould and wife, Chelsea, of Dickinson, Texas; a granddaughter Christina Gould, of San Felipe, Texas; many cousins, aunts and uncles and close friends.
A memorial service will be held after Christmas at the Weed Café.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 11 to Dec. 22, 2012