Retired Colonel Richard “Dick” W. Troop (Eglin AFB Comptroller August 1975 - September 1983)
August 30, 1932 ~ January 5, 2018
Colonel Dick Troop (USAF), 85, died peacefully at home on January 5, 2018. Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marcia Alice Troop. He is survived by his sons, Randy Troop and wife Kim Troop of Destin FL; Gary Troop and wife Patti Brown-Troop of Destin FL.
Dick was born in Newton MA to Harry and Sarah Mc Laughlin-Troop. After high school. he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended basic training at Sampson AFB, NY. He was then selected for the Aviation Cadet Training program. After completing Navigator Training at Mather AFB, CA he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. He was assigned to Travis AFB, CA where he became a SAC Combat Navigator on the B-36 and B-52. Dick was selected to attend Stanford University for his BS in Electrical Engineering (EE). He was then assigned to the Foreign Technology Division, Eglin AFB working on the initial phases of the Wild Weasel Program. Dick then attended AFIT for his Masters in EE. Dick was then assigned a tour to Vietnam as a navigator on the EB-66, Takhli AFB Thailand. Upon his return. he was assigned to Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB MD. He then moved over to the Pentagon and worked on the USAF budget. Dick was assigned to Eglin AFB as Comptroller from August 1975 to September 1983. He retired with 32 years of active service. Dick started Troop Associates and retired after a very successful career as a government contractor.
Dick and Marcia loved their grand kids. All seven grandchildren have vivid memories of the special time they spent with their ‘grandma’ and ‘grandpa’ on Poquito Bayou. Randy’s sons are Chad and Matt. Gary’s children are Brett, Blake, Brooke, Blair, and Brent. He loved attending the grandchildren’s functions which included; Academic Team, ice hockey, soccer, MMA, volleyball, Track and Field, flying, and sports in general.
Plans are underway to intern Col. Troop at Arlington National Cemetery.