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Richard “Dick” Kersey died on July 12, 2019.  Dick was born on August 21, 1936, in Buffalo, New York. 

Growing up in Devon, Pennsylvania, Dick teased his younger sister, Betsy, played basketball, and occasionally drag-raced his car on Old Lancaster Pike before graduating from Conestoga High School. Dick studied chemistry at his parents’ alma mater, Swarthmore College, and then enlisted in the Army, where he served as a sergeant with an explosive ordnance disposal unit at Edgewood Arsenal. 

Dick married his only love, Claire, in 1963, after declaring his intention to do so after their first date.  Their daughter, Alix, was born in 1968.  Dick spent most of his professional career in the petrochemical and water treatment industries and traveled throughout the world.  Dick’s favorite posting was to St. Croix, USVI, where he traveled in the Caribbean during the week, scuba dived on the weekends, and taught his daughter to snorkel at a young age. 

Claire and Dick lived in Trumbull, Connecticut for thirty years before moving to Flagstaff in 2005 to be closer to Alix and her family.  Prior to his retirement in 2010, Dick owned Orenda Technologies, producing and selling water treatment products to the pool industry.  Dick served two terms on the City of Flagstaff Water Commission and was President of the Northern Arizona Shooting Foundation, which operates the Northern Arizona Shooting Range.  He loved watching his grandsons grow and was thrilled with their almost daily visits.  His family and friends will miss his keen mind, gregarious personality, sense of humor, and obsession with watching the UCONN women’s basketball team.  Every time it snows, we will think of him running to the window to watch the flakes fall.

Dick is survived by Claire, his wife of 56 years.  He is also survived by his daughter, Alix Shroufe, her husband, Steve, and their sons, Jamie and Finn.  He will be missed by his sister, Betsy Smith, and his loving in-laws, Len and Maryanne Kravitz and Tom and Linda Wunder, and their families. 

There will be no services.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Arizona Shooting Foundation, P.O. Box 2205, Flagstaff, AZ 86003, or to Northland Hospice, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86002.  We express our heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Olivia White Hospice Home, who provided loving care to Dick during the last year of his life. Condolences can be shared at www.norvelowensmortuary.com

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