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Barry Hautz - 80 passed away January 1st, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. Barry was employed by MD Helicopters at the time of his death. He was employed by Air America, Inc. from May 2, 1971, to October 15, 1971, as a helicopter Flight Mechanic. According to his supervisor, Mr. Simon Gilkes, Barry was very proud of his time with Air America. Air America's Flight Mechanics were well trained, and their work was hazardous and demanding. On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Barry will be buried with full Military Honors at the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek Arizona.

Richard Guptil Graham (1924 - 2018)

Concord - Commander Richard G. Graham, The Great American, age 93, of Rolinda Ave passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday April 22, 2018.

Richard (Dick) was born November 26, 1924 in Haverhill, MA, the son of the late Thomas and Gladys (Massie) Graham. Graduating from Haverhill High School in 1942, Dick had a desire to serve his country in the US Navy.

On December 11, 1942 at the age of 18, Dick was sworn into the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet and was assigned to the Naval Air Training program in Pensacola, FL. This began his lifelong career in aviation. On October 24, 1944 he was commissioned an Ensign, earned the designation of Naval Aviator and was awarded his Wings of Gold. His orders were to report to fighter pilot training and carrier qualifications. Among his many assignments as a fighter pilot was serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Princeton and USS Valley Forge for combat operations in Korea. He made the transition from fixed wing to rotary wing and was attached to several helicopter squadrons. While stationed in Baltimore he was a member of the USS Constellation Restoration Committee and was always happy to hand out coins struck from the original ship. In 1967, while assigned to the Naval Air Systems Command, he retired with the rank of Commander. Among the medals he was authorized to wear are the Air Medal with 4 Stars, Navy Commendation V, American Campaign, Victory WWII, Navy Occupation Service, and National Defense with a Star, Korean Service and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation with a Gold frame.

Retiring from the Navy, Dick’s aviation career continued with him flying for Air America based out of Vientiane, Laos from 1967 to 1974. During his years with Air America, Dick flew the fixed wing Caribou, Porter and C123 out of Vientiane and rotary wing S58T and Huey out of Udorn and Saigon.

Following Air America, Dick returned to the states and flew for UPC in Concord, NH; Kenai Air in Alaska; and Joe Brigham Inc. in Pembroke, NH. After 66 years of flying he signed off N-Triple-4 JB and retired at the age of 84. At the age of 87 he was proud that he was still able to take the controls for a flight.

He loved traveling and spending time with his family, and though being spread out, he made visiting with them a priority. He took great pride in his home and he especially enjoyed working in his yard. At the end of the day you could find him out back on the deck relaxing with his wife, family and friends. He always had great stories and enjoyed telling them as much as everyone enjoyed hearing them. Another favorite activity was taking his convertible out for a ride and getting an ice cream, a treat he rarely refused.

Dick was known by many and is loved by all survivors including his wife of 51 years, Irene (Chase) Graham of Concord; his daughters, Linda Diane Haidinger and her husband William, of Endwell, NY and Nancy Lee Graham of Hopedale, MA; and his sons, Michael Thomas Graham and his wife Nancy of Boise, ID, John Joseph Graham of Seoul, Korea, Edward Skip Graham and his wife Jeanne of Ewa Beach, HI, and Stephen Luke Graham of Centerville, GA; 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; brother Robert Graham; nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by his son James Richard Graham; sisters Anne Lambert and Dorothy Caserta; brother William Graham; and his former wife Shirley Adams Smith.

There was a private family viewing held at Water’s Funeral Home on Thursday, April 26.

Graveside services with full Military Honors will be held at a later date at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Concord NH Chapter.

Thoughts or comments can be submitted on the Legacy site for Richard Graham.

Dick, “You did it your way” and we are all glad that you did!

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