RICHARD LANCE "FUZZY" RUNYARD Age 64, of Riverside CA, died on June 16, 2014. Richard was born to Robert D. Runyard and Gwendoline M. Runyard on April 23, 1950, in Ames, Iowa. Richard graduated from Marina High School (Huntington Beach) in 1968 and soon afterward joined the U.S. Marine Corps
, attending Recruit Training in San Diego, CA, where he earned the Expert marksmanship badge with the highest rifle score in his training brigade. Richard received further training on the USMC anti-tank "ONTOS" vehicle which coincidentally his father, a mechanical engineer, had helped design. Richard was then sent to Okinawa for further training and assigned to the 5th Anti-Tank Battalion. In March 1969 he was deployed to Vietnam and assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, where he participated in several combat engagements against the North Vietnamese Army during "Operation Oklahoma Hills." Richard was seriously injured later that year, and was evacuated to Guam for medical treatment and later to other Navy hospitals in California. He received a Purple Heart
, among other military decorations. Richard returned to work following his discharge from the Marine Corps, and was employed at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach and later the Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona, where he retired in 2007 as Facility Contracts Manager. Richard was an avid outdoors person, and his interests ranged from hunting and deep-sea fishing to leading a military simulation "airsoft" organization, in which his son Sean participated. But his greatest recreational efforts focused on gold mining, which took him from California to Alaska and back again. In his last years of life he and a friend developed a working claim in the historic gold country of California. Richard was also particularly fond of his Alaskan Malamute dogs. Richard is survived by his wife Tinie and son Sean; his brothers Robert, Bruce, and John; nephews Robin and Travis; nieces Anna and Jesse; and cousin Pauline Tremain of Waiheke Island, New Zealand. A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5545 Alessandro Blvd. in Riverside on June 25 at 1:30 PM. Burial service will be the following day at 10:15 AM at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging Area number 2. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8541.