Capt. Richard William

Joyce, USAF (Ret.)

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IN LOVING MEMORY

Capt. Richard William Joyce, USAF (Ret.)

Oct 02 1944 - Sep 02 2010

Capt. Richard William Joyce, USAF (Ret.) born in Manchester, NH to Doris and Patrick Joyce, passed away to be with his Lord on 9/2/10. Death was due to complications of a complex heart and valve surgery. Mr. Joyce was in the Air Force for 20 years and retired at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma as a Comptroller for the AWAC Wing. He also retired from Nortel Networks in 2001 where he was employed for 20 years as a program manager. Mr. Joyce was a member of St. Mark Parish serving as a Eucharistic Minister, and a Jr. High CCD teacher several years ago. Mr. Joyce was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather and was loved by all who knew him. He could talk for hours to anyone who would listen about the Air Force. Mr. Joyce and his son loved to watch the Cowboys every Sunday. And it was his dream come true when he got to take his son to The Boston Garden to watch the Celtics right before the stadium was demolished. One of Richard’s proudest moments came when he was the first person to hold his granddaughter, Jordann, whom he call “Dini”. In the earlier years, he loved to take the family camping, to the beach, and bicycle riding much to Elaine’s dismay. Richard always seemed to bring them back with skinned knees or took them out too far in the waves to satisfy Elaine. Michelle, who Richard called Shelly, always told her mom that when she grew up she was going to marry her dad. He loved reading the Bible and taking communion to the nursing home residents and listening to their stories. Richard went to Catholic grade school, Bishop Bradley High School and Saint Anslem College and graduated from the University of Nebraska and received his Master degree from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Joyce was a math teacher at one time and was a little disappointed that none of his kids enjoyed math. He went to Catholic grade school, Bishop Bradley High School and Saint Anslem College and graduated from the University of Nebraska and received his Masters from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Joyce was a math teacher at one time and was a little disappointed that none of his kids enjoyed math. Richard and Elaine shared a love for beautiful surroundings. They felt the peace and tranquility while making trips to the Hawaiian Islands and walking the beaches of New Hampshire hand in hand. One excursion he shared with Patty was flying glider planes off Hawaii's coast. He savored the peaceful feeling floating over the beautiful waters and freeing winds. He was a dad that took his two daughters to Disney World as a surprise trip for a Christmas present. Patty and Shelly recall how they wanted to ride Space Mountain but were too scared. He grabbed their hands and took them on the ride, although he was not up to the typical thrill ride. That is the kind of dad he was. He took every opportunity to make an experience a lasting memory. He loved his family and never wasted an opportunity to show it. He is survived by his wife of 42 wonderful years, Elaine Joyce; daughters, Michelle Lynn (Joyce) Warren of Alvord, Texas and son-in-law, David Warren, Jr. and Patricia Suzanne (Joyce) Mandaville and son-in-law, Tom Mandaville of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Jordann Mae Warren, Bella Michelle Warren, Pierce Guy Warren, and Lainey Kae Mandaville; and cherished son, Michael Patrick Joyce of Plano, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Plano, Texas. Interment will follow at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday evening with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.
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