Richard Kenneth Samuelson was born January 23, 1921, in Kenosha, WI to the late Otto and Josephine Samuelson. The family later moved to Indianapolis where Richard attended Tech High School. He played football at Tech and also at Indiana University. Richard entered the military during World War II. He first served in the U.S. Navy and then joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He earned the rank of Lt. Col. After serving in the military Richard became the aviation department manager at Inland Container Corporation. Richard married Mary Lou Thurston in 1944. The couple had three children, James Samuelson (Kathy), Janet Blank (Peter), and Jackie Pendygraft (George). All three children live in the Indianapolis area. The couple had seven grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Richard is preceded in death by his wife. His service will be graveside at Crown Hill Cemetery in the military section at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
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