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Richard "Dick" Nolan


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Richard "Dick" Nolan Obituary
RICHARD "DICK" JOSEPH NOLAN
Richard "Dick" Joseph Nolan, a native of Kulpmont, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 8, in Riverside, Calif., at Air Force Village West. He was 100.
Richard was the son of Patrick Nolan and Caroline Walter, and he had 8 siblings and half-siblings. Richard was a graduate of Mt. Carmel Catholic High School and Bloomsburg State Teacher's College in Pennsylvania with a mathematics degree. He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army a month before Pearl Harbour in World War II and then served in the Army for 23 years, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in Ft. Story, Va.
Richard met his bride, Viola Joan Smith of Big Sandy, MT., in Anchorage, Alaska, and they married in Juneau, Alaska in 1944. Their first son, Gordon James Nolan, was born in Omak, WA. in 1945. Their second son, Richard Joseph Nolan, was born in Seattle in 1946, and their daughter, Mary Sue Nolan, was born in Spokane, WA in 1950. After his Army retirement, the couple settled in Salinas, CA. They bought their one and only home in Salinas at 321 Lorimer Street, where they resided for more than 45 years. Richard worked for many companies there, including Alameda Produce, Richardson Chevrolet and Noland, Hamberly, Etienne and Hoss Law firm. He was very involved with Sacred Heart Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Salinas YMCA.
Richard and Joan were married for over 50 years, until she passed away in 2002. In 2009, Richard moved to Air Force Village West in Riverside, Calif., where at the age of 100, he passed away in his sleep on Dec. 8, 2017.
Richard is survived by three children, Gordon (and Pam) Nolan, Richard (and Yolanda) Nolan, and Mary Sue Nolan (and Jose) Brenes. He is the last surviving child of 8 siblings and half-siblings. He is survived by nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Richard will be buried at the National Cemetery in Riverside on April 6th.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 7, 2018
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