May 4, 1922 - March 31, 2017
Colonel Richard W. Sexton, U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and Vietnam, passed away peacefully March 31, 2017 at home in Medford, Oregon. He flew B-17s in WWII and the Caribou C-7 in Vietnam, in addition to several other airplanes during his long Air Force career.
He was born May 4, 1922 in Lansing, North Carolina. Richard stayed there through high school and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps to begin his career as a pilot. His Air Force career took him to several locations in the U.S. as well as to England, the Philippines, and Okinawa.
Col. Sexton was a recipient of The Purple Heart for injuries sustained during a mission in Germany. He also received many other citations and awards for his military service, including the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired as Commander of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. to finish his U.S.A.F. career. He went on to direct the Klamath Falls Chamber of Commerce, and followed that with a very successful real estate career in the Shady Cove and Medford areas of Oregon.
He was an avid fisherman and spent many days on the Rogue River and at various Oregon lakes fishing for steelhead, trout, and salmon. He was also an avid fan of car racing and spent many joyful days at various west coast race tracks with his sons David, Steve, and Jon as well as his grandson, Jeff.
Richard loved to read and do crossword puzzles. He also loved watching the Western Channel on TV for hours every day.
He spent over 30 years of his life in Oregon, including Portland, Eugene, Klamath Falls, and Medford. He was a frequent visitor to many Medford area restaurants including his favorites, McGrath’s and Olive Garden.
Richard is survived by his sons, David and Steve and his grandson, Jeff. He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Linda Yvonne Sexton; his wife, Geneva Hurst Sexton; and his youngest son, Jon Michael Sexton. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.