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Richard Wesley Eddy Jr., 49, of Centreville, Virginia, passed away April 9, 1999, in Fairfax of lymphoma. Wake services were held April 13 at Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centerville Road. Burial with Full Military Honors will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road, Centreville, Va. 20121, (703) 830-2684; or to Snowbird Aquatics, 1143 Water Pointe Lane, Reston, Va. 20194, (703) 444-6879.
Richard was born August 23, 1949, in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. In 1976 he married Anecita B. Villasis in Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. In 1967 he graduated from Simms High School in Simms, Mont. He received a BA in political science from the University of Montana at Missoula in 1971 and a JD from the university's School of Law in 1974. In 1981 he received his MA in environmental law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and in 1984 and 1985 studied tax law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1972 to 1974 and from 1984 to 1986 and served in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps from 1974 to 1984. He also served as Naval Judge Advocate, trial counsel, defense counsel, legal assistance
officer, staff judge advocate, military judge and international law attorney. He retired as a lieutenant commander.
He worked for the U.S. Department of the Navy from 1984 to 1999. At the time of his death Richard was an Assistant Director of the Navy Litigation Office where he supervised a team of senior civilian and military attorneys who represent the Department of the Navy in environmental litigation involving the Navy. He was a member of the Montana State Bar; Sigma Phi Epsilon, University of Montana; and the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. He received the Navy Comendation Medal in recognition of meritorious service as special courts-martial military judge at Treasure Island, San Francisco; the National Defense Service Medal; and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (Department of the Navy). He was an active member of the Sully Station Community Association Board of Trustees, Centreville United Methodist Church and a volunteer with the Sully Station Swim Team.
Survivors include his wife, Anecita V. Eddy of Centreville; parents, Margaret L. and Richard W. Eddy Sr. of Great Falls, Montana; a daughter, Valerie Grace Eddy of Centreville; a son, Richard W. Eddy III of Centreville; sisters, Wilma Tokarczyk of Yelm, Wash., and Celia Fisher of Billings, Montana; and a brother, Timothy R. Eddy of Portland, Oregon.
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