Funeral services for retired Col. Richard Wells Diller, 86, of Killeen, will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Lifeway Fellowship Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
Mr. Diller died Nov. 24, 2017, in his home. He was born in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Nov. 13, 1931.
He was the son of the late Brig. Gen. LeGrande “Pick” Albert Diller, and Harriet Alpha (Wells) Diller. He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He then entered the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country during the Korean War and Vietnam War.
He was a recipient of the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster; the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters; the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Air Medal with Numerals 23; the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Army Commendation Medal with V device and two oak leaf clusters; the National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; a Parachutist Badge; the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars; a Senior Army Aviator Badge; the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; the Combat Infantryman Badge; the Army General Staff Identification Badge; the Vietnamese Parachutist Badge; and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
His last overseas service was in Vietnam from August 1967 to 1968. Richard proudly retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel.
After his retirement from the U.S. Army, Mr. Diller worked and retired from Central Texas College.
He was a devoted husband to his wife Carole (Odom) Diller of 62 years.
Mr. Diller enjoyed racing Porsche cars. He was a member of the Maverick Porsche Club.
He was a member of the Killeen Rotary Club.
Mr. Diller leaves behind his beloved wife Carole. He was a loving father to his daughter, Suzanne Diller Perez, and loving father-in-law to Michael Perez. He leaves many cousins who loved him dearly. He was also loved by the many adopted or orphaned dogs and cats who found a forever home with the Dillers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the CTRW Scholarship Endowment Foundation or a donation of choice.
Visitation is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.