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  1. My beloved uncle you will be so deeply missed. I have so many treasured memories of you, with your family and at the beach. Thank you for being such a lovely man, such an amazing father and such a gift for all of us.

  2. Joan I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved husband. May your memoirs offer some comfort. Please know I’m holding your heart in my mind.

  3. My sincere and deepest sympathy goes out to the wonderful family of Dick. He definitely was a family man and loved you all so much. He was a great and much loved brother to me. Dick will be missed so much but he will never be forgotten due to so many wonderful memories we all cherish and hold dear in our hearts!!
    Much Love to you all.
    Karen

  4. Sending love and peace to Joan and her family as they reflect on the love they shared with this beloved man in their lives.

  5. I hope and pray all your happy memories will comfort your aching heart. We must be thankful for all his contributions in work and our lives. A great legacy.

  6. My deepest sympathy to Joan and her family on their great loss. Our friends treasured Dick for his sense of humor over the many years going back to Fairfax, VA.

  7. Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, may you find some comfort knowing others care.

  8. My deepest sympathy to Joan and family. Dick was a great man and I was proud to have volunteered with him over many years at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks. I wish you peace and love during this very difficult time.

  9. My heart goes out to Joan and all the Listons. I can’t believe he’s gone. I’ve known him since 1965 back in Fairfax County, Virginia. He remained through the years the same person I met then: straightforward, and a man of principle. I will miss him, mightily.

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Richard Lee Liston

July 10, 2022

Richard Lee Liston, 82, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2022. He was a devoted husband to his wife of sixty-one years, Joan Liston, and a loving father to his three children and four grandchildren.

Dick was born in Rockford, Illinois on May 3, 1940 to Mildred (Ireland) and Carroll Liston. He married his high school sweetheart while they completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Illinois. He then went on to graduate from Syracuse University with a Master’s degree in Photogrammetric Engineering.

Dick worked in service of his country at the Central Intelligence Agency for ten years, followed by twenty years at the United States Department of Agriculture translating satellite images into maps for national security and soil conservation purposes, laying the foundation for today’s global positioning service (GPS).

After many years of annual vacations at the Outer Banks, Dick and Joan moved to Southern Shores in 1999 and enjoyed a long and wonderful retirement at the beach when they weren’t cruising through Europe and the Caribbean.

Dick was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Outer Banks, editing the newsletter and taking care of the grounds. He also enjoyed fishing with the anglers club and debating with his mens’ discussion group.

Dick leaves behind his wife, Joan; his three children and their spouses, Todd and Tracy Liston, Tanya and Reese Murdaugh, and Kyra & Jeremy Olson; his four grandchildren, Skyler, Cameron, Whitney, and Jack; his sister, Karen Heaton; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Dick loved fishing (especially with his son, Todd), photography, computer programming, woodworking, gardening, and more than anything, his family. He created many family videos and slideshows with witty narration that will be cherished more than ever in his absence.

A service celebrating Dick’s life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Outer Banks on September 10, 2022 at 11am.

Please express condolences to the family via the online register at gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc was entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences

Jacquelyn Clymore

My beloved uncle you will be so deeply missed. I have so many treasured memories of you, with your family and at the beach. Thank you for being such a lovely man, such an amazing father and such a gift for all of us.

Jennifer Smith

Joan I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved husband. May your memoirs offer some comfort. Please know I’m holding your heart in my mind.

Karen Liston Hearon

My sincere and deepest sympathy goes out to the wonderful family of Dick. He definitely was a family man and loved you all so much. He was a great and much loved brother to me. Dick will be missed so much but he will never be forgotten due to so many wonderful memories we all cherish and hold dear in our hearts!! Much Love to you all. Karen

Rosemary Rawlins

Sending love and peace to Joan and her family as they reflect on the love they shared with this beloved man in their lives.

Donna Dow

I hope and pray all your happy memories will comfort your aching heart. We must be thankful for all his contributions in work and our lives. A great legacy.

Sharon Kaye moore

I am so sorry. I will miss dick we had a mini conversation over the years .

Fran Kapinos

My deepest sympathy to Joan and her family on their great loss. Our friends treasured Dick for his sense of humor over the many years going back to Fairfax, VA.

Mary Blythe

Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, may you find some comfort knowing others care.

Jennifer Gilbreath

My deepest sympathy to Joan and family. Dick was a great man and I was proud to have volunteered with him over many years at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks. I wish you peace and love during this very difficult time.

Dale Draper

My heart goes out to Joan and all the Listons. I can’t believe he’s gone. I’ve known him since 1965 back in Fairfax County, Virginia. He remained through the years the same person I met then: straightforward, and a man of principle. I will miss him, mightily.