Richard W. King
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July 22, 1924
February 12, 2013
At 88 years old, Richard's health had been failing. Small strokes were debilitating his memory. This was especially difficult for a guy who got his last college degree when he was 65 years old. At 72 years old as Captain of the 35 foot S/V Mist Richard set sail from the mainland to the South Pacific, New Zealand and points in between to sail for a 22,000 mile adventure.
Richard spent three years in WWII, 273rd Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division.
Richard was highly decorated, including two Bronze Stars. He served in many campaigns including at the Battle of the Bulge. His Division was one of the first to meet the Russian Army in Germany.
Richard suffered several war related injuries, one in which he was blown up in his fox hole and another in a railway tunnel mined by the Germans. As a result Richard's hearing was destroyed. He also suffered to his death from PTSD related to his war injuries.
However Richard had a great life--after the war he graduated from Rochester University. In 1946 he rode his 1934 Indian motorcycle hurdling at 40mph coast to coast with pal Keenan on the buddy seat.
Richard's other adventures includes hitchhiking from Oklahoma to Montana to work the wheat fields.
He hitchhiked through South America going to Machu Picchu, down the Amazon and points in between.
Richard became a diplomatic currier for the U.S. State Department serving throughout South America.
Richard had four sons and an adopted son and daughter of whom he was very proud. Dan King, Jess (Mary) Husby, Dave King, Todd (Marsha) Husby, and adopted son and daughter Dave and Vickie Rials. Also Richard was so proud of his two grandchildren, Joel Husby and Megan (Paul) Swanson, including great grandson Logan Swanson. Also left behind was three adventurous nieces, Joan (Dave) Lackey, and Ann (Allen) Nash, and Ruth (Lyn) Carson of Rochester, NY. Their adventures could have started with Richard's stories while in South America, a 28 foot Boa Constrictor was squeezing him to death until he took out his pocket knife to dispose of the snake.
Related to all of Richard's sailing adventures, he had many exceptional "Hanai Family." These men and women became as close as blood relatives. So many stories and Pacific caring.
Of course his sweetheart Siamese, Dainty Kitty and Jolly Kitty were the light of his life.
On May 28, 2013 at 11 AM a Military Service at the Northern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, NV. Followed by an informal "Talk Story" Reception at 1 PM at Garden Shop, 3636 Mayberry Drive, Reno, Nevada 89509. Spring casual clothes (shorts and relaxed pants) are suggested. No flowers or donations are neccessary. Your thoughts, stories and presence will be the greatest gift to his memory.
From the Captain's First Mate of 48 years,
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 19, 2013