Captain, Richard Davison Gillham, United States Navy (Ret.), 70, formerly of Clarendon and Fairfax, died December 31, 2002 in San Diego from lukemia-lymphoma. “Dick” was a retired naval officer, law administrator and cattle rancher.
Dick served 26 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Captain. His Washington, D.C. area assignments included serving as the Amphibious/Service Force Placement Officer at BUPERS, attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, serving as the Director of Program Appraisal for NAVSEA, and as Head of the OPNAV Program Planning and Development Branch.
Dick held additional commands, including the USS Whitfield County (LST-1169), Landing Ship Squadron Three, USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) and the USS Mobile (LKA-115), earning three bronze star medals with combat valor.
After retirement, Dick became director of administration of a Kansas City law firm and bred registered Polled Hereford cattle.
Dick is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 45 years; daughters Felicia Standfuss of Bonita, California, Deidre Haskins of Great Falls, Virginia and Melia Hogan of Ivins, Utah; and five grandchildren.
Services and burial with Full Military Honors will be held at 1 p.m., January 29 at the Old Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the St. Elmo's Building Fund c/o Wayne Butler, 12150 W. FR 168, Republic, MO 65738.
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