Richard Earl Hiers of Albuquerque died peacefully on August 23 at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, due to illness. He was 58.

Richard was born at Fort Belvoir, Va., and grew up in a military family, living in Washington D.C., New Jersey, and Las Cruces, New N.M. Richard graduated from Las Cruces High School before joining the Army. In the Army, Richard obtained the rank of sergeant and spent time in Alaska as a Huey helicopter crew chief.

As a young boy, Richard and family made long annual trips to their favorite summer destination, Martha’s Vineyard Island. Blueberries and Alley’s Store were favorites. While a teenager, scuba diving became a passion. The results of his fishing off Menemsha beach were enjoyed by the family: bluefish and sea bass. In Las Cruces, N.M., hiking with friends in the Organ Mountains was a focal point. Journals were filled with adventures and pictures of the scenic desert and mountains. Love of music was passed down to Richard through his mother, Jean Purdom Hiers, and her three sisters. Richard became an accomplished guitarist and harmonica player, playing with bands, small groups, and family. Composing songs about New Mexico and its beauty was a talent Richard shared with family and friends.

Richard is survived by his sister Jeannine Hiers Sample and her husband Leon H. Sample of Alexandria, Va.; his brother Maurice Dowling Hiers and his wife Charlene of Chilmark, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Jean Hiers, and his sister Cynthia Hiers Robinson of Las Cruces, N.M.

Richard was a kind and loving son, brother and uncle who was always friendly and positive towards others. He never met a stranger. His heartfelt smile will be missed.

Memorial services will be held in Weston and Albuquerque, N.M. Graveside services will be at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in Texas.