Lieutenant Colonel Richard Lee Haley died at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the age of 76. He is remembered for his strong love of country, family, and service. He was a decorated war hero, who served his country for 30 years in the United States Army. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves and the Special Forces Reserves. In 1967, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served in the Vietnam War during the TET Offensive in 1968 and a second tour in 1972, when the war ended. He also served in Korea in 1987 and 1988. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Haley was Ranger, Airborne, and Special Forces qualified. He completed the United States Army Aviation course and flew Huey and Chinook helicopters during two tours in Vietnam in 1968 and 1972, flying numerous combat operations. He completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at West Virginia University in 1974 and his Doctorate Degree in Administration and Supervision in 1998 at North Carolina State University.
Richard Lee Haley was born October 28, 1941 in Eccles, West Virginia. He is the son of Charles and Marie Haley, and is preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Drema Gaye Haley. Richard Lee Haley is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Caroline (Jabour) Haley of 54 years and his five sons: Richard II and wife Beth of Arlington, Virginia; Colonel Chad Haley, M.D. and wife Debbie of West Point, New York; Jason and wife Jaquelyn of Raleigh, North Carolina; Hunter and wife Mary Lindsay of Raleigh, North Carolina, Derek and wife Ashley of Raleigh, North Carolina; and his seven grandchildren Maggie, Trey, David, Chad, Luke, Alexis and Olivia. He is also survived by his siblings: Shirley Devany of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Reverend William (Bill) Haley of Zebulon, North Carolina; Melanie Seward of Elberson, Virginia; Michael Haley of Newport News, Virginia and Judy Shematek of Seaford, Virginia.
A visitation will be held at Bright Funeral Home at 405 S. Main Street in Wake Forest, North Carolina on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 1 P.M. at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church at 804 High House Road in Cary, North Carolina. Flowers are welcome; contributions may be sent to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.