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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Richard Edward Walsh

Richard Edward Walsh (Dick) was born in Missoula, on January 1, 1927. He died in Tulsa, Okla. on February 25, 2014, at the age of 87.

As a young man Dick was a talented athlete at Missoula County High School. In his early years he worked as a carpenter, and during the Korean War he was drafted into the military where he served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corp.

He married Rosemarie Pancrazzi on July 12, 1953. After several years in Missoula they  moved to Glendive where he raised his family. Starting his career as a lumber store manager, Dick went on to purchase a Standard Oil Distributorship in 1967. He enjoyed his customers, often socializing with them. In 1982 he was elected mayor and served one term. He gave his best to Glendive, and was honored to serve the citizens. 

He retired in 1988 and moved to Flathead Lake where he enjoyed living on the lake. After several more moves around the country, he eventually moved to Tulsa in 2001 where he lived until his death. 

Dick was preceded in death by his parents Anna and William, his brother Burney, and his grandson Bobby. He is survived by Rosemarie, his wife of 60 years, and his four children: Annette Baker (Robert), DVM, of Bixby, Okla., Mark Walsh (Sheryl) of Rock Springs, Wyo., Don Walsh (Kathy) of Bozeman and Rick Walsh (Sharon) of Bixby, Okla. He is also survived by six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held Memorial Day, 2014.

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