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Richard James Gotti

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By The Staff

Richard James Gotti, a resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, December 24, 2007, of natural causes. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Irene M. Gotti; children, Dr. Phyllis Floyd Nelson and husband, Eric; Patrina D.. Smith and husband, Randall, and their daughter, Allison; Paul R. Gotti and wife, Stacy, and their daughter, Carlee. Mr. Gotti volunteered for World War II and served in Europe as a Combat Medic with the 11th Armored Division, he was honored with the Silver Star medal. Mr. Gotti resided in Los Alamos for 46 years before moving to Albuquerque in 1997. He was employed by the University of California Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. He was a group leader in the accounting department. Mr. Gotti was active in the Los Alamos community having been involved with the founding of the Del Norte Credit Union as a charter member and serving as it's first supervisory chairman. He was also involved with the establishment of the Los Alamos Elks Lodge and served as the first Exalted Ruler as well as serving as a trustee for five years, a chaplain one year and as ritual coach for 14 years. He served a second term as Exalted Ruler in 1994/1995. Mr. Gotti also served as a board member and treasurer of the Timber Ridge Home Owners Association for seven years. While employed by the university, Mr. Gotti was a member of the International Systems and Procedures Association. Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 28, 2007, 8:30 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 12500 Carmel NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc., 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, is in charge of arrangements.