A celebration of life for Richard Dean Hyde, 72, will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Northern Nevada Korean War Memorial on Fifth Street in Carson City.
Mr. Hyde died July 15, 2005, at home. He was born April 2, 1933, in Grand Island, Neb., to Thomas and Patricia Hyde. He was one of 13 children.
He left home at age 16 to join the U.S. Army. Twice wounded in action, he was a decorated veteran of the Korean War.
Upon discharge from the Army, he joined the Lakewood, Colo., police department and served more than 21 years until he was again wounded in action while foiling a hold-up attempt in a grocery store. Upon his medical retirement, Mr. Hyde moved to Nevada, where he became a head slot technician in the casino industry until his retirement in 1988.
He was a proud member and past president of the Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 198 of Carson City. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of the recently dedicated Northern Nevada Korean War Memorial. He was a longtime member of the Lone Mountain Writers Group at Western Nevada Community College, a Denver Broncos fan and a lifelong fisherman.
Among his survivors are his wife, JoAnn of Carson City; sons Thomas and John of Oregon; stepdaughter Laura Showman and stepson Gerry Rossman of Colorado; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Korean War Veterans Association, P.O. Box 20666, Carson City, NV 89721.
Truckee Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.