By The Mercury

Richard “Dick” Walsh, 73, died Thursday at the Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan in Kansas.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born on July 18, 1940, in Hartford, Conn. He was the son of Phillip J. and Mary Rita (Nagle) Walsh. He attended Conard High School in West Hartford, Conn. He graduated from George Mason University in Virginia in 1975 with a Bachelor’s of Arts.

Dick was in the United States Marine Corps until 1959. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country from 1959 until his honorable discharge in 1962.  Dick was employed with the CIA from 1963 until 1973 in Washington D.C. and East/Southeast Asia. In 1977 he became a Realtor in Manhattan and was a Sales Associate for Blanton Realty from 1988 until 2012. Dick was administrative assistant to congressman Jim Jefferies at his Kansas Office.

He was a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Kansas Association of Realtors   and the Manhattan Association of Realtors, where he was a former President. He was a member of the Certified International Property Specialist Network and he served as Zone 4 Vice president of the Kansas Association of Realtors.

Dick was very active with organizations that support soldiers and their families.  He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 17. Mr. Walsh was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, where he served as past Grand Knight.

He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family and most of all their ski trips to Colorado.

On March 22, 1969, he was united in marriage to Frances Meegan at the Queen of Peace Church in Saigon in South Vietnam.  She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include his son, Sean and his wife Alisha of Manhattan; a sister, Virginia Walsh of Israel; a brother, Phillip Walsh of Calif.; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and Ellis Rainsberger of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his sister-in-law, Sharon Meegan of Bend, Ore.; and two granddogs: Jexx and Molly.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his mother-in-law Elizabeth; and a brother-in-law, Frank R. Meegan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church with the Rev. Don Zimmerman as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, Manhattan, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. The Vigil Service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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