Ira Richard Priddy



Richard passed away on September 17, 2004 of cancer, probably caused by Agent Orange in Viet Nam.


The following was provided by Richardís sister, Marie Ď60:


Upon graduation, Rich went to VPI (now known as VA Tech) and majored in Civil Engineering. He was in the ROTC program there. After graduation he went to Naval Officers Candidate School in Great Lakes, Illinois, graduating as Lt. JG. During his stint in the Navy, he had a 13 month tour of duty in Viet Nam, where he was involved in base development. Later while stationed in Maine, he met and married his first wife. After being discharged from the Navy, they returned to MD where he pursued his civil engineering career, as well as becoming a home builder. His only child, a son, was born in MD. He soon built their home in Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay, where they enjoyed boating for many years. He and his first wife were married for 14 years. He later remarried. After a few years they relocated to PA, where they began traveling in their motor home. Although he had only one child, he had four natural grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Unfortunately, he did not have very long to enjoy retirement. He died in September, 2004 of cancer. The Veterans Administration determined it was probably as a result of Agent Orange in Viet Nam. Although he didnít have a long retirement, he enjoyed combining a retirement style of living with work, by boating/RVing on weekends for many, many years.