Col. Richard M. Love, U.S. Army retired, a devoted and adored husband, father and grandfather, who served his country in two wars and was a talented and patient gardener, fisherman and handyman, died March 2, 2011, in Plano, Texas. Born Sept. 2, 1928, and reared in Waxahachie, he married Wanda June Arnold, from Okema, Okla., on March 7, 1953, at the TCU chapel in Fort Worth. The Loves were married by Rev. Thurman Morgan, a 1920 TCU classmate of Richardís mother, Fay Williams Love.

Col. Love served overseas in Germany twice, first with his newlywed bride in Erlangen and Wurzburg, and again in 1965 with four young daughters in tow. He served his country in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was a highly decorated officer, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Soldierís Medal for Heroism, Air Medal, Legion of Merit and several presidential citations for bravery and heroism. In Korea and at Fort Sill (Okla.) in the early 1950s, Love led efforts to achieve racial integration in the army; later assigned to the Pentagon he became instrumental in abolishing conscription and establishing an all-volunteer army. After retiring from the army in 1973, he embarked on a career in the oil and gas industry. Following in the proud Aggie tradition of his father, Walter Meigs Love, Richard (Dick) was educated at Texas A&M, from which he received a bachelorís of science degree in 1949 and a masterís of mechanical engineering degree in 1965. He later studied at the Army War College and attended Harvard Universityís Advanced Management Program in 1970.

His fondness for the outdoors ran to peaceful pursuits such as gardening and fishing. He put his engineering background, resourcefulness and creativity to fine use as a handyman for his daughters and grandkids, crafting leaf forts, ice rinks, igloos, tree swings, stilts, and even a teeter-totter out of a fallen tree.

Richard Love is survived by his wife, Wanda; daughters, Susan, Carolyn, Sharon and Linda; sister Kathryn; and grandchildren, Graham, Olivia and Mallory.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Sparkman Funeral Home in Richardson, Texas. Interment will be in Milford Cemetery with the Rev. John Richardson officiating. A visitation is set for the hour immediately preceding the funeral service.