Russell High School
To the world he was a soldier, to us he was the world. Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army, retired) Richard Clifford Bullard peacefully returned to the presence of his Heavenly Father with his family by his side on November 9, 2011. He passed away from a sudden illness.
Richard was born on May 29, 1940 in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Russell High School as the senior ranking officer in the ROTC program in 1957. He was the starting quarterback at North Georgia College as a freshman. Richard joined the military May 10, 1959. He later married Susan Roundy and they were sealed in the Logan temple on September 28, 1967. Richard received his commission at the age of 19. He was an experienced pilot and had a passion for aviation. He was an Airborne Ranger and Special Operations officer. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College for the Army. Richard served 20 years active duty as a professional soldier and aviator. He completed several combat tours in Vietnam where he loved and served the people of South Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Army at the age of 39 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Richard later enjoyed a career as an Aviation Safety Consultant. He loved firearms and was a licensed gunsmith specializing in restoration work. Richard is survived by his devoted wife Susan, who he loved deeply, his children: Barry R. Bullard, Rashelle (Darrell) Nielsen, Brian T. (Melissa) Bullard and Jessica Bullard Smith. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Alexandra Nielsen, Olivia Nielsen, Nathaniel Nielsen, Madison Bullard-Smith, Ava Bullard, Dillon Bullard and Jade Bullard and a sister: Robin Bullard Hawkins. Richard was a leader of men, a professional soldier and a true ambassador of Christ. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Funeral services will be Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Canyon View Stake Center LDS Chapel, 989 South 2550 East, Spanish Fork. Friends may call at the Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork on Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 6 til 8 pm or on Monday at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerfamilymortuary.com.
May 29, 1940 - November 9, 2011
Richard Clifford Bullard
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