During his career in the military, Petaluman Richard D. Cope was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, along with several Vietnam service medals.

A former Petaluma resident, Mr. Cope died at his home in Ewa Beach, Oahu on Nov. 8, 2012. He was 63.

Born in Hawaii, Mr. Cope was the child of a military family. He spent his early years traveling until his father retired and moved to Petaluma.

He attended Petaluma High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1969 where he was a Combat Medic and Cavalry Scout during the Vietnam War. He continued serving his nation in the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired as a Master Sergeant after honorably serving for 31 1/2 years.

At the time of his death, Mr. Cope was continuing to serve his country as a security officer at the Naval and Coast Guard Air Station, Barbers Point, Hawaii.

He is survived by his children, Nathaniel Cope of Hawaii and Richard Cope of Tennessee; siblings, Carmella Greenhaigh, Chris Danielson, Sheree Lotz, Laura Cope, Billy Cope, Lorna Cope, and step brother of Harold Fisher; and grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Parent-Sorensen Mortuary & Crematory, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma.