Richard Lee Chura, 59, of Las Vegas, died Nov. 17, 2001.

He was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Steamboat Springs to Steve and Freida (Hergenreder) Chura. He was a resident of Routt County from 1943 to 1962.

Richard graduated in March 1962 from Steamboat Springs High School and went straight into the service.

He married Janise in 1967 in Las Vegas.

He was owner of the service station Union 76 in Las Vegas.

Richard was a third-class airman and a jet engine mechanic at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

He participated in the exercise "William Tell" that provides a test of skills for pilots and support personnel in newly devised tactical concepts for limited and general war. The intense competition also developed the effectiveness of tactical fighter teams in close air support and combat-ready maintenance of jet aircraft

He enjoyed his family, rodeo, flying planes for Howard Hughes and visiting Steamboat occasionally by means of a Cessna 27.

Richard was of Christian faith.

He is survived by his wife, Janise Chura; three daughters, Perrie, Amy, and Lori and husband, Bo Gillespie, who all reside in Las Vegas; his mother, Freida Chura; a sister, Shirley and husband Lupe Arroyo; two nephews, Vincent and Tyler and three nieces, Rhonda Grigware, Wina Procyzyn and Jody Schuelke.

He was preceded in death by his father, Steve Chura.

A service was held Nov. 21, 2001, at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.


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