In Memoriam


RICHARD DUNN Jr.  Richard "Richie" Dunn Jr. passed away May 9, 2012, at his home in Las Vegas.  Richard was born July 7, 1918, in New York City.  When he was 17, he joined the Merchant Marines, where he sailed around the world.  In 1941, he joined the U.S. Army with his brother and neighborhood friends.  He served in the Pacific Theater, where he landed on the islands of Guam, Saipan, and Tinian. 

After the war, he worked for the Port Authority of New York City.  He then moved to San Bernardino, Calif., where he was a traffic officer for the police department.  Richard moved to Las Vegas in 1952, where he joined the Las Vegas Police Department.  In 1963, he was one of only six Nevadans to graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.  He was also an instructor at the Las Vegas Police Academy, where he referred to the cadets as the "BOYS."   He retired from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 1973 at the rank of captain.  In 1976, Richard was nominated by Sen. Howard Cannon and appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the United States Marshal for the State of Nevada. 

In his lifetime, he traveled the world but never lost his Bronx accent.  Richard was loved and will be missed by all his family and friends.  Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Therese; and daughter, Judy Ann.  He is survived by his sons, Richard (Carol), Mike (Linda) and Gino (MaryAnn).  Memorial services will be at 11:20 a.m. Monday, June 4, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Buchanan Blvd., in Boulder City.

Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal from May 26 to May 27, 2012

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