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Richard Kenneth Macauley

August 18, 1946

May 3, 2012

Richard Kenneth "Rick" Macauley passed away suddenly on May 3, 2012. Rick was born in Rochester, New York on August 18, 1946 to Lucille and Kenneth Macauley. The family moved to Las Vegas when he was six years old, and always considered it his home. He graduated from Las Vegas High School and the University of Nevada Reno majoring in journalism. While growing up in Las Vegas, Rick enjoyed scuba diving, fencing, martial arts and scouting where he received his Eagle Scout Award.

After a year long nationwide trip in his milk truck he joined the Army, became a decorated helicopter pilot, and served in the 3rd of the 17th Air Cavalry. As a result of his service, he wrote the book "Charley Horse: America's 'Day by Day' Air Cavalry, Vietnam War Correspondences".

After his military service Rick returned to Las Vegas where he married Bonnie Ann Davis and adopted their wonderful son Skyler. At this time he was instrumental in funding the Ronald McDonald House, was an active member of the Las Vegas JCs, and started the Nifty Nickel newspaper. At this time he worked as a photographer/reporter for the Las Vegas Sun.

Rick moved to Reno to pursue his life as an author and a teacher of grantsmanship. There he met his companion Mary Mingo. Rick was active in the Reno Air Race Foundation, the local Boy Scouts, EAA, and the Aviation and Aeronautics Advancement Alliance.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother. Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, David and Connie Macauley, son and daughter-in-law, Skyler and Angela Macauley, all of Las Vegas and his companion, Mary Mingo of Reno.

Close friends of Rick are invited to an open house Sunday, May 6 from 12 until 4 at 3520 San Mateo, Reno for a celebration of his life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reno Air Race Foundation or to the local Boy Scouts of America area council.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 5, 2012
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