Richard A. Festor
December 20, 1929 - February 12, 2013
West Melbourne, Florida
Richard A. Festor, born on December 20, 1929 in Washington PA, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
He was the eldest (by four years) of two boys – Richard Alvin and Raymond Arthur Festor. His mother Helen Frances Birchard and his father Edgar Messick Festor were a happy couple. Richard's mom Helen passed away on February 19, 1939 at the young age of 39. His father passed away in January of 1981 at the age of 82. Richard's parents are both buried in the Gravel Run Cemetery in Woodcock Township near Meadville PA.
Richard and Raymond were both placed in the Lutheran home in Zelienople, PA in 1941. They remained there until 1943 before moving to Arlington VA. In 1944, Richard was placed in a foster home in Purcellville VA and in 1946 he joined the Army Air Force at the ripe age of 17. Richard went to Grade School in PA, High School in VA, and College in MD.
Serving the USAF, Richard was attached with the National Security Agency and while there he received the Joint Services Commendation Medal. He retired after 20 years of service. For the next ten years, Richard was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency – the CIA.
After leaving the CIA, he was employed by Harris Corporation and permanently retired in 1985.
Richard was married to his first wife for 5 years and had 3 children; Rene Cherie, Bari Lynn and Vincent Lee. He married again to Velma Johnson and that marriage lasted for 24 years, ending when Velma passed away in 1999. In 2000, Richard met Ms. Dorothy Cheney and they were together for 4 years until her passing in 2004.
During Richard's career and retirement he has traveled to 35 countries on 4 continents.
Richard would like to be remember in the following three ways: He was an honest and honorable man. He served his country and was very proud of his service to the USA. He was a caring person with a keen sense of honor.
To honor his military service he will be buried at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
Cemetery: Map to FL National Cemetery, Bushnell
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