James R. Kidd of South Yarmouth, 87, died April 8. He was known as Dick and was the father of J. Richard Kidd II of North Falmouth.
He was the husband of Barbara Kidd. The couple met as teenagers and married in 1958. They raised their family in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Mr. Kidd retired from the US Army with the rank of major. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1952 and became a full-time technician with the Rhode Island guard until 1981, serving from 1960 until 1963 in the Nike Ajax program. He was called to active duty and served at Aberdeen Proving Grounds until 1986.
He earned a direct commission in 1975 following his graduation from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor of science degree in business administration; and was promoted to major in 1982 while serving in Maryland. He continued his career as a civil servant at the Pentagon until 1994.
When his wife retired in 1998, they moved to Stuart, Florida, where they lived until 2015. Living in Stephenson, Virginia, until 2018, they moved to the independent living community at Thirwood Place in South Yarmouth.
Besides his wife, he leaves two children, Margaret L. Crompton of Winchester, Virginia, and his son in North Falmouth; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other family.
A funeral was held Tuesday, April 13, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations in Falmouth. Burial followed at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.