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Colonel Richard M. Desing
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“I didn't know him very well...but i do remember him and i will love and miss him dearly. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Megan Desing - My Grandpa

“I worked for and with Dick, at Homestead AFB, FL from 1971 until he went to Alaska in about 1973 I saw him again in ABQ about 1985. He was always a...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Matt Wallace - Las Vegas, NV

“Dick: "Now you have skipped the surly bonds of earth....... And dance the skys on laughter silvered wings"..... Fly On to better things my friend. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Patricia Soelberg - St. Louis, MO

“For Dad. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Dave Desing

“Dad, You were always a hero to me. May God take care of you now. I miss you but know you are in a better place. Love, Dave ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Dave Desing

“Ann- Gary and I saw Dick's obituary in the Des Moines Register. I am so sorry for your loss. I am also sorry I never met your husband, but I will...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: LaVonne Salton Anderson - IA

“DIck, Thanks for all you did for us, when we were in your building. We will miss you! Linda, Theresa , Bev and Kathy - your "gals" ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Chandler - Albuquerque

“Hi, We just wanted to say we were all so sad to hear the news about Dick but know that he is in a better place in the sky that he loved! Dick, you...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Andrea and Randy Schunk - NM

“Although I haven't seen Dick for some time, I appreciate many of the memories that he shared with me and our common experiences from pilot traning...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Robert Shaw - Albuquerque, NM

“Dick, You never gave me any thing, but you always helped when I needed it! You constantly tried to mentor me......I hope I didn't disappoint you. ...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Lopez - Albuquerque, NM

“Dad, I love you and am proud of all your accomplishments in life. Each time I see a "hole" in a cloud I'll know it's you doing what you loved most...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Dana Gaydac - Charlotte, NC


DESING - Colonel Richard M. Desing of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died at his home Sunday, April 25, 2010 after a long courageous battle with cancer . He was 79 years old. Colonel Desing was born in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from East High School and Drake University in Des Moines. He also earned a master's degree from the University of New Mexico.
His military career began when the Iowa Air Guard was activated in the spring of 1953 and ended with his retirement from the Air Force in 1977 at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. He retired as commander of the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, AFOTEC. He was a decorated fighter pilot serving two tours of Vietnam. He was the Operations Group Commander of the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron that won the Hughes Trophy award for the top fighter squadron in the USAF. This was his second Hughes Trophy. After his retirement from the Air Force, he was active in real estate in Albuquerque until his death.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Desing of Albuquerque, children Dana Gaydac of Charlotte, NC, Clark Desing of Seattle, WA, and David Desing of Des Moines, IA. He is also survived by stepchildren Martha Crist and Bill Crist, both of Des Moines, and 12 grandchildren.
Colonel Desing will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC at 11:00 am on August 6, 2010. If further details are desired, you may contact a family member.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association in the name of Colonel Richard M. Desing. The address is RRVA National Office, P. O. Box 1553, Front Royal, VA 22630-0033.

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