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Richard C. "Dick" Trone

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Richard C. "Dick" Trone passed away Oct. 20, 2007, at his home. He was born in Shawnee, Okla., the son of a Methodist minister, to Dr. L. B. (Pete) and Sara Clayton Jopling Trone on Sept. 11, 1929.
He graduated from Carlsbad High School with the class of 1947. He was a veteran of the Korean War and subsequently wrote a book entitled "My Lemonade Days" about his experience in Korea. After his release from active duty, he returned to Carlsbad to work at the post office.
In July 1953, he married Jane West of Carlsbad.
He worked as a lab technician at National Potash Company until 1969. He and a friend went into the construction business until 1972. In 1973 he established Trone Construction Co. at a resort area near Cloudcroft. In 1988, the Trone's successful "ma and pa" construction business was disbanded. At 58, he returned to the civil service in construction management for the Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base. Shortly after the Gulf War, Richard took retirement in 1992. He and his wife, Jane, returned to Carlsbad in 1994 and lived in semi-retirement since.
Mr. Trone was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Peter R. Trone.
He is survived by his wife Jane, of the family home; one son, Paul Trone and wife Janis Bell, of Carlsbad; two daughters, Debora Wilbourn and husband Allen, of Artesia, and Belinda Niemi, of Richland, Wash.; six grandchildren: Matthew and James Niemi, Amanda Wilbourn Leggett, Karli Wilbourn, and Brad and Bryan Trone; and three great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are Francis Beeman, Richard Farrell, Mark Heinrich, Jim Jones, John Leak, Mark Maciha, Steve Massey and Charlie Wright, the class of 1947 and all of his friends.
Memorial services for Richard "Dick" Trone will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Dan Bruce of Epworth United Methodist Church and Revered Don Brown officiating. Military honors will be performed by the Carlsbad Veterans Honorary Guard. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 1406 W. Blodgett, Carlsbad, NM 88220; Landsun Homes, 2002 Westridge, Carlsbad, NM 88220; or the Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 629, Portales, NM 88130.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 23 to Nov. 6, 2007
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