Richard Hubert Cagle

November 11, 1931February 2, 2013

Lt. Col. Richard (Dick) Cagle, USMC (Ret.)

Dick Cagle passed away February 2, 2013 in his home in Austin after a courageous battle with dementia. He was born November 11, 1931 to Alberta and George Cagle in Bartlett, Texas, the youngest of five brothers.

Dick was an outstanding football and basketball player at Bartlett High School and graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1954 with the degree in Biology/Chemistry. He was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow. Commissioned in the US Marines, he found his passion as a Naval Aviator. He served in numerous billets throughout his twenty year career, including two tours in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. He forever viewed himself as a Marine Corps Fighter Pilot.

Returning to Austin, he enjoyed ten years as manager of the Henry Moore Subaru Agency. He was a proud 30 gallon blood donor for the Central Texas Blood Bank and an avid Longhorn fan, holding both football and basketball season tickets for almost thirty years.

He married his high school sweetheart, Bill Cryer, with whom he celebrated a devoted marriage of fifty-seven years. He expended great love and pride on his wonderful family which included three sons: Clint Cagle and his wife, Donna; Rich Cagle and his wife, Janice; and Bruce Cagle. His grandchildren were such a source of love and delight for him: Chris Gilbertson and her husband, Todd, Cheryl Rister and her husband, Brian; Ryan, George, Hannah, Daniel, and Nathan Cagle and three great-grandchildren, Abby and Emma Rister and Jordyn Gilbertson.

Dick’s life reflected great strength of character: integrity, generosity, friendliness, and a remarkable sense of humor. His life reflected the Marine Corps Officers’ phrase, “Ductos Exemple,” to lead by example. He truly led by example for his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Boulevard, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, California 92057 or visit, or another charity of your choice.

Professional services entrusted to Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas.

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Trudy Kampa

March 4, 2013

Dear Bill, We have been thinking of you and yours and are so sorry for your loss. Dick lived such a wonderful life and I remember he had a smile for everyone plus such a contagious laugh! God bless you and your family always.

February 11, 2013

Dick was a squadron mate with whom I shared many memorable moments...some a bit scary but most on the lighter side.

I last saw Dick at a squadron reunion a half dozen years ago where we were able to share experiences that will live with me to the end of my days.

Rest in peace, my friend, and don't forget to check your six from time to time.

John Trotti (Santa Barbara, CA)

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

February 10, 2013

Thank you, Dick, for your service to our country.

Jan Mankey

February 8, 2013

So sorry for your loss. We can't make it Bill but I am glad mom is coming. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Jim Parsons

February 7, 2013

An honor and great pleasure to have known Dick! Always a smile and laugh to accompany his quick wit. We thoroughly enjoyed our football games, stories and rivalries. Our love and prayers to Bill and all Cagles.

Jim & Annette Parsons

Tammy & Doug Paley

February 7, 2013

We have had the tremendous fortune of living next door to Bill and Dick for over twenty five years. We could not have been blessed with better neighbors. We always felt our home was safe when we were gone because it was "guarded" by a former marine. We will truly miss Dick and extend to Bill our love and sympathy.

Lee (Dawson) and Larry Hurst

February 6, 2013

Many of my favorite memories include Dick and Bill from all our travels in the Marine Corps. I was so happy when the Zapata Raiders let the "kids" start coming to their reunions. What a great gang to get to become a member of. As a kid I loved being around Dick and Bill and as an adult I grew to cherish their friendship. Larry and I will very much miss Dick and his incredible zest for life, family, and fun. Bill, we love you.

February 5, 2013

Dick had a great life. He was blessed with a loving wife and family and a successful career in the Marine Corps. He was well liked and highly respected as a officer and aviator. All who knew Dick will remember his friendship and will be so missed by all of us. Especially among the Zapata Raiders.
General J.K. Davis and Jane San Clemente, CA

Tommy Hadden

February 5, 2013

Mrs. Cagle, I will always remember my families trip to Hawaii and staying with your family back in the early 70s. Ya'll were wonderful hosts and friends to my parents. Mr. Cagle's laugh was infectious, very sorry to hear of his passing.

Pat Witherspoon

February 5, 2013

The world was safer, happier, and much more honorable, because Dick graced it with his presence... on land, on sea, and in the air...