Richard (Dick) Albert Durey was born in Huron, South Dakota, on June 2, 1935. He died on November 21, 2013, at Mountain Home, Tennessee.
His body has been donated to the East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine, per his wishes. There will be no funeral; in about a year he will be cremated and interred in the mausoleum at the Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Richard led a life of service to the US Army, the Boy Scouts of America, and the American Red Cross.
After graduating high school in Manchester, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1954. At Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he produced orthopedic braces and artificial limbs for Korean War amputees and polio victims.
While there he met his wife of 57 years, Doris, “the candle that led the pathway of my life.” In 1957, he started college on the G.I. Bill, graduating from East Tennessee State University with a Master’s degree in Biology in 1963.
He re-entered the Army, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and entered active service as a parasitologist and medical entomologist in the Medical Service Corps. He served in Vietnam, Germany and the US, primarily involved with the identification of and habitat studies of insect vectors that transmit disease to man.
After 20 years, he retired as a Major.
He spent over 50 years actively engaged with the Boy Scouts of America. First as an Eagle Scout, then as a dedicated volunteer scouter in Iowa and Texas; as Assistant Scout Master for BSA Troop 237, Johnson City, TN; and as Scout Master of BSA Troop 136, Lamar, TN; Richard exemplified the principles of the Scout Oath and Law to hundreds of young men. He led high-adventure trips for those troops to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the North Woods of Minnesota and to Philmont, NM. In 1989, he passed his Eagle Scout badge to his son, Lincoln.
After retirement Richard became active with the American Red Cross. He began as a CPR instructor to ensure the Boy Scouts received that training. After the John Sevier Center Fire of Christmas Eve 1989, he and Doris started volunteering with the National Red Cross Disaster Assistance Programs. He provided 5 work years (1,030 days) of volunteer service during a total of 40 disasters (including assisting victims of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards in TN, VA, WV, NC, FL, LA, TX, CA, OR, KS, MO, IA, IL, OH, PA, and MA). Between disasters he taught courses for local chapters on disaster training and CPR.
Richard is survived by his wife Doris J. Durey; his son, Lincoln D. Durey (Adriane); and several nieces.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross (redcross.org) or the Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts of America (scbsa.org).
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Richard Durey was all these things and more.
On my honor
I will do my best
To do my duty to God
and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
and morally straight.