Richard C. Petura Jr., 80, died Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman. He and his beloved wife, Barbara Petura, shared 54 years of marriage.

A son of the late Virginia (Chute) and Richard Petura, he was born in 1942 in Hackensack, N.J., and grew up in central New York (Syracuse and Skaneateles). He graduated from Skaneateles Central High School in 1960. He was an avid reader and dog lover from an early age.

Rick served in the U.S. Navy (July 1963 to July 1967) as radar technician (ER5) at the Charleston, S.C. Naval Base, where he serviced radar systems on the base minesweepers.

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