Retired Colonel Frank David Richards, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away on March 12, 2017, from complications of Parkinson's.
He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Palmerton, Pa., a son of Tom and Georgine. He is the second of five children, Tom in Massachuttes, David, Gerry and Georgie in Pennsylvania.
Frank was a 2 handicap golfer and had 14 verified holes-in-one. He taught his children, Gary of Denver and Julie Ford of Colorado Springs, how to play at a young age and has passed on the love (and frustration) of the game to them.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline Turner Richards 35 years ago.
Frank received his bachelor of science in math from Susquehanna University and his masters of science in Information Science from Georgia Tech. He entered the Air Force after graduating from Susquehanna, married Jackie in Sacramento, Calif., then was stationed briefly in Indiana and Georgia before a 12-year stint at the Pentagon.
During the Vietnam War, Frank was a navigator on the C119 Gunship. While over a rice paddy he was hanging out of the plane when his wedding ring fell out of his pocket. He swears he knows exactly where it is. Frank also flew in the B58 and the B47 bombers.
He was instrumental in starting the computer center at the Pentagon, then helped run the computer center at NORAD from 1976-1980 when he retired. He moved back to Selinsgrove to run the computer center at Susquehanna. After he retired for good, Frank moved to Palm Desert, Calif., to be near Gary and to play golf year round. He traveled with friends to a variety of golf courses and ran the Skin's game at his golf club.
In 2013, Frank suffered setbacks from back pain and moved near Julie for assistance. He lived in the house behind Julie and Mark for the last two years. He leaves behind two grandchildren, Brian of Colorado Springs and Brandon of Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Kidney Foundation or the Parkinson's Foundation.
Published on March 21, 2017