Richard Joseph Harsa, M.D., retired Air Force Colonel, 77, of Sherwood, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 31, 1935 to Frank and Hermina Harsa.
Called out of private practice into the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, he served his country until his retirement, Sept. 30, 1986. Highlights of his career were over 14 years spent at United States Air Force Regional Hospital at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida where he served as Chief of Internal Medicine; Director of Phase II Physician Assistant Training Program; clinical instructor of Family Practice Residents Training Program; and head of numerous hospital committees. His last assignment was at USAF Hospital, Little Rock, where he was Chief of Hospital Services.
He continued to practice medicine as a civil service physician until 1996 at the Little Rock Air Force Base hospital. He considered it an honor and privilege to treat the active duty and retired military personnel and their dependents.
Dr. Harsa was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he and his wife served as Eucharist Ministers and worked on the finance committee.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Diana Dawes of 51 years; daughter, Renee Giesemann and husband Christopher of Portland, Oregon; sons, Richard James “Rick” Harsa of North Little Rock and son, Eric Matthew “Matt” Harsa of Sherwood; and grandchildren, Ximena, Luke, Andres and Alex Giesemann of Portland, Oregon, Kyle, Robyn, and Lukas Harsa of North Little Rock; great-grandchild Sage of North Little Rock; brothers-in-law, Byron and Terri Dawes of Florida and Preston and Lorna Dawes of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be held August 8 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial with full military honors was at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org/howhelp.html#memgift or Immaculate Conception Catholic School, North Little Rock.
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