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Richard "Rick" Watson

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Tech Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, retired
Richard "Rick" Watson, 62, of Alamogordo, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Alamogordo.
Mr. Watson was born March 21, 1947, in Birmingham, Ala. He served in the U.S. Air Force, was a Vietnam veteran and retired as a technical sergeant in 1990 after 23 years. During his Air Force career, he was a member of the base honor guard while stationed at Holloman and Cannon Air Force bases. Following his retirement he was a security guard at White Sands Missile Range.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Watson, of the family home; three sons, Joel Watson and his wife, Tippi, of Edgewood, Sam James, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Chris James, of Las Cruces; two daughters, Rachelle Johnson and her husband, Tom, of Montague, Mich., and Reene Chandler and her husband, Doug, of Edgewood; four grandchildren, Jessica Watson, of Edgewood, Amanda and Clay Johnson, of Montague, and Jacob Chandler, of Edgewood; a brother, Chuck Watson, and his wife, Kim, of Mobile, Ala.; and a sister, Shim Gober, and her husband, Tommy, of Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Richard and Lenora (Harbin) Watson; and a brother, Mike Watson.
A memorial service will be conducted Friday, July 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with the Rev. Billy Tucker officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard.
Cremation and services are under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Wounded Warrior, c/o New Mexico Legion Riders, 34 Stonewood Drive, Alamogordo, NM 88310.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 22 to Aug. 4, 2009
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