Richard Joseph Falke passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 10, 2013 from complications arising from cancer.|
Richard is survived by his wife, of 38 years, Hanh; sons Peter and Jack, as well as Peter's wife, Courtney with grandson, Tyce; his sister, Diane and her sons, John and Bobby; his brother, Robert and wife, Donna and their daughter, Cindy and her husband, Paul; plus several grandnieces.
Richard was born in Manhattan, N.Y. to Nathan Falke and Claire Mamie Falke. He was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran.
Known affectionally to his friends by the nickname "Dick", Richard spent his life working to protect America from international terrorists, international narcotics traffickers and the former Soviet Bloc/Communism. He served honorably in the United States Air Force, The Department of Defense, and the Department of State.
During his long career he either worked in or with political, military, intelligence or security components of the governments of Japan, South Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mauritania, Great Britain, Israel, France, Germany and the Philippines. He also served in Washington and, as he liked to call it, the Northern most city in Latin America – Miami. After 35 plus years of active duty service he retired.
After six weeks of retirement, Richard signed on as an independent contractor, training civilian and military officers for careers in government service and assignments overseas. It was a job he loved immensely, as it gave him an opportunity to pass on his skills and what he had learned to those following him to safely protect themselves and their families, as well as carry on the work of protecting America. He worked as a contractor in the Williamsburg, and in the Washington, D.C. area for 17 years and never really retired.
Besides his work, he loved traveling, reading, golfing, fishing, loving his family and being concerned about the role and direction of America. To Richard, what was important was "Integrity, Honor, Loyalty, Honesty and Perseverance."
No church service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
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Published in Virginia Gazette from Apr. 13 to May 12, 2013