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Richard Britton, '64, 1946-2004
Outstanding gentleman.

Richard Britton

A memorial service will be held Aug. 4 for Richard Robert Britton of Eugene, who died July 26 of a heart attack. He was 58. 

Britton was born April 13, 1946, in Seattle to E. Robert and Martha Hoyt Britton. He grew up in Whittier and Fullerton, Calif., and moved to Eugene in 1985. 

He graduated from Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton in 1964. He attended Fullerton Community College and the University of Southern California before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. 

He served as a sergeant for two tours during the Vietnam War and received a Silver Star, Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts and a Navy Commendation Medal. 

He later attended California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo and Pomona, and received a bachelor's degree in natural/recreation management and master's degrees in social science and education. 

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in psychology and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He also received a master's degree in registered clinical social work from Portland State University. 

Britton worked as a private counselor and for the Veterans Administration,Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon. 

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Native American Flute Association and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

He enjoyed music and played guitar, banjomandolin, accordion and the Native American flute. 

He sang and performed professionally and also enjoyed baseball and golf. 

Survivors include his parents of Ashland; a daughter, Audra Dannen of Eugene; a sister, Diana Britton-Keller of San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Thomas of Riverside, Calif.; and three grandchildren. 

Wednesday's service will be at 11 a.m. at Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. 

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