Obituary: Richard "Ricky" Alfred and Barbara Jean Lassafare

Richard (Ricky) Alfred Lassafare, 84, died March 29, 2009 in Carson City. His wife, Barbara Jean (Little) Lassafare, 88, died April 2, 2009 in Carson City.

Richard was born Dec. 21, 1924 to Sam and Angie Lassafare in Canton, Ohio. Barbara was born April 13, 1920 to James and Lida Little in Latham, Illinois.

Richard served in the U.S. Navy and was a Pearl Harbor Veteran. After that he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he got his degree in Aeronautical Engineering, working in the Aerospace Industry until his retirement.

Barbara worked for the Walt Disney Company for 35 years from 1950 to 1985 when she retired. She held many positions with the company as an Executive Secretary and even worked for Walt himself in the earlier years.

Richard and Barbara would have been married 53 years July 4, 2009. For most of their married life, they resided in the southern California area until moving to Carson City Nov. 2003.

They are survived by their daughter, Pamela (Bill) Brown of Dayton; grandson Sean Myers of Destin, Fla.; granddaughter Sheri Myers and great-grandson Raymond of Los Angeles, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his father and mother, Sam and Angie Lassafare and his sister Florence Nos. He is survived by his sisters, Libby Nardo of Burbank, Calif. and Virginia (Bill) Clough of Medford, Ore.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father and mother, James and Lida Little; sisters, Lola Johnson, Helen McAuliffe, Mary Perkins, Judy Fieldman, Ruth Baldwin, Merle Brown and brothers Robert Little and Neil Little.

FitzHenry's Funeral Home, Carson City is caring for arrangements.

Richard and Barbara will be laid to rest 1 p.m., Monday, April 20 at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Vistacare Hospice in Sparks, Nevada or to any animal organization of your choice in their name.


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