Richard "Dick" Ayres


October 16, 1954 ~ August 31, 2023

Born in: Teaneck, New Jersey
Resided in: Marble, North Carolina

Richard “Dick” Ayres, 68, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away on August 31, 2023, in Asheville, NC. He was born on October 16, 1954.

Dick was an intelligent and sarcastic individual with a great sense of humor. He was known for his religious devotion and held strong beliefs throughout his life. He will be deeply missed by his loved ones.

Dick is survived by his beloved spouse, Betsy Ayres, their sons Stephen and Joel Ayres, and their daughter Mattie Porter, as well as four cherished grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Sue Baillie and Ginny Sedlacek.

Dick received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, before dedicating 28 years of his life to the Air Force. He served as a career intelligence officer and excelled in his field. Throughout his service, he earned master’s degrees at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Marine War College. Dick retired as a colonel and received a Bronze Star for his leadership and actions during the Kosovo War. He was recognized as an expert in nuclear and Middle Eastern affairs, and some of his favorite assignments included his time at SHAPE Belgium, leading the Joint Analysis Center at Molesworth, and as the Wing Commander of the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB, TX.

Outside of his military career, Dick had various hobbies that brought him joy. He enjoyed reading, off-roading in his Jeep, playing with his dogs, and target shooting.

A private graveside service will be held in the Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, TN, to honor Dick’s life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, a cause Dick held dear to his heart.

We extend our deepest condolences to the Ayres family during this difficult time. May Dick’s memory be a source of comfort and strength to all those who knew and loved him.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Thank you for your dedicated service young man, God bless you and yours and Rest in peace and God’s speed.

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