Juneau resident Richard "Richie" McMullen, died March 22, 2007, in his home, following a long illness. He was 63.
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He was born April 9, 1943, in Fort Pierce, Fla. Before moving to Juneau in 2002 to live with his sister, he had resided for 30 years in Melbourne, Fla.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1960, serving proudly in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C. While in the service, he earned his GED and parachutist wings. After his discharge, he decided he loved jumping out of planes so much that he went on to become a skydiver and earned his Gold Wings for making 1,000 jumps.
He enjoyed the outdoors, airboating, hunting and fishing in the Everglades, and catching alligators, which he took to schools. He gave talks to the kids about the 'gators,' snakes and other critters that lived in the swamps of Florida. His family said he loved Alaska and had said it was so beautiful, he never tired of the view. He regretted that his health prevented him from going hunting, but he did enjoy going out to the shooting range for target practice. He also enjoyed country music and especially loved Elvis. He collected The King's vinyl records and had many unopened Elvis albums.
He is preceded in death by his mother, father and brother. He is survived by his sister, Ruby Young of Juneau; his nephew, Thomas Jacobs of Rainer, Ore.; his niece, Heather Champagne of Minneapolis; and family in his hometown.
His sister, Ruby, wishes to express her thanks to the service providers in Juneau - especially Care-A-Van - for providing Richie with needed services and to the doctors and nurses who took such good care of him during his frequent hospitalizations.
Services will be held in Florida and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Care-A-Van Transportation, 1805 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801.