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Richard Franklin Alley Jr. / May 09, 2017

Col. Richard Franklin Alley Jr., Ret., husband of Jean Burns Alley, died Wednesday, April 18, 2017 at the age of 70. He was born in Bluefield, W.Va., July 10, 1946 to the late Myra Loraine Crockett Alley and Richard Franklin Alley Sr.

He graduated in 1968 from Virginia Tech and was promptly drafted into the United States Army. He then attended officer candidate school in 1969. His 27-year career included Vietnam, War College, a master’s degree from Webster University, and becoming a jump master. He received a bronze star before retiring in 1995.

After retiring from the military, he spent eight years working for the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville. He served for many years as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 8163 and the American Legion Post 45.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert W. and Marie Alley, David C. and Abbi Alley all of Charlottesville, and Richard T. and Elizabeth Alley of Bristow, grandchildren, Florence Loraine Alley and Lillian Jean Alley and sisters, Mary Sue Crommelin of Virginia Beach, and Myra Wood of Ocala, Fla.

Services with full military honors will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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