Richard S. Broderick, was born September 16, 1930 and died March 30, 2018. He lived a full life. Dick grew up in Chicago and Park Ridge, Illinois, with his parents, Richard P. and Esther Scott Broderick, sister Mary, and a large extended family. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Letetia M. Broderick, and their children, Richard P. Broderick and wife Kim, Shannon Broderick Bulman and husband Chris, and John J. Broderick. He also leaves five grandchildren, Richard John Broderick (and Gemma), Josh Broderick (and Megan), Zak Broderick (and Anna), PFC Colin Bulman USMC and Jessa Bulman; and four great grandchildren, Richard Liam, Hannah, Olivia and Abigail.
After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago, Dick proudly served his country as a United States Marine in Korea and on the USS Yorktown. He was battlefield commissioned as an officer and was awarded two bronze stars and two purple hearts for his valor during Korea. His life was forever changed. He attained the rank of Captain before he left military service in 1961. He thereafter worked at General Motors, as a High School teacher, and as a teacher and mentor to underprivileged teens in the mountains of California with the United States Forest Service Job Corps Program. He supported his growing family by working for the Federal Office of Personnel Management and retired as Director of the New York Region. He and Lee moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in 1987, where Dick undertook his final career as a real estate broker at Cave Pollock Realty.
While he lived many places, his most loved homes were located on Table Mountain in Sonora, California; in Flagstaff with panoramic views of the San Francisco Peaks and the Painted Desert; and in Wickenburg overlooking the Bradshaw Mountains.
Dick loved football. He coached youth football and served as volunteer director of PAL Football in Westport, Connecticut. More recently, he was very active on the local, state, and national level of the Marine Corps League, where he contributed much and valued the friendships and shared history of his fellow Marines. He and Lee will never forget being transported by USMC helicopter into the Havasu Canyon to serve as Santa and Mrs. Claus for the Havasu kids. In Wickenburg, he and Lee found a welcoming church community at St. Anthony of Padua.
Dick's family is deeply grateful to the people who made it possible for him to stay at home as long as possible, including the strong firefighters of the Wickenburg Fire Department and three dear friends who answered late night calls and provided unwavering support to our parents. We are also indebted to the kind women and men who assisted him in his last month at JT's Place in Youngtown, Arizona.
A funeral mass will take place at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wickenburg on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 9 a.m., with a reception following at the church hall. Internment services will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix on the same day at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, kindly send memorial contributions to the AZ MODD Charity c/o Treasurer Gerry Schaller, 23602 N 45th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85310. Dick devoted countless volunteer hours to this group which funds projects to improve the lives of Veterans and their families.