CAPT USN (Ret.)  

Richard "Dick" Boyd, 86, long-time Arlington resident, died peacefully on September 16, 2012, in Clearwater, FL. Dick was born in Omaha, NE and graduated from Northwestern University. A career aviator, he dedicated 33 years to the US Navy, retiring in 1974. He served during WWII, and fought at the battle of Iwo Jima and in the Korean War. He was later commander of Carrier Air Wing 6, serving on the USS Enterprise and the USS America in the 1960's. His love was flying jets, particularly the Corsair, Hellcat, and Skyraider, and greatest of all the A-4 Skyhawk. Following his Navy career, he worked at NSM Corp. for 17 years where he was a VP. His first wife of over 30 years, Mary Jeanette (Jean) Weeks, predeceased him in 1985. Dick leaves behind his loving wife of the past 20 years, Suzanne Ford Boyd. He is also survived by two children, Jan Boyd Harford and John Boyd, as well as four granddaughters, Mary Jean Harford, Taylor, Brooke and Kelly Boyd, and two stepdaughters, Courtney Nuckle and Ashley Clute. He was the finest husband and father a family could ever want. Funeral will be held at the Ft. Myer Memorial Chapel, Friday, February 15, 9 a.m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Luncheon to follow.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 3, 2013