Richard (Dick) Philip Husta departed this life on 25 August at the age of 91, of complications following surgery. Dick joins his beloved wife of 65 years, Nancy, who passed away in January of 2016, and eldest son David who passed on in 1995.
Born in Flushing New York in 1927 of Philip and Anna Husta, Dick grew up in Great Neck, NY. Graduating from Great Neck High School, Dick joined the Navy and served as a WWII US Navy Electricians Mate, serving at sea in the Light Cruiser USS TOPEKA (CL-67) in the final push across the Pacific. He and his shipmates supported amphibious landings as Allied Forces closed-in upon the enemy home islands. He subsequently served in the occupying forces in Japan, while awaiting demobilization back to civilian life. One of his greatest personal prides was that he had worked for the Grumman Aircraft Company at the factory in Long Island, manufacturing Grumman combat aircraft until he was of age to join-up, himself. He ended his Navy service as a Lieutenant in 1954.