Richard Harold Dreisonstok, 60, a retired master chief petty officer in the Naval Reserve and a former acconsultant at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, died of cancer Saturday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington.
Master Chief Dreisonstok was born in Baltimore and grew up in the Washington area. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1941.
He served on motor torpedo boats in the South Pacific and the Philipines during World War II and remained in the reserves after the war ended. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and was assigned to the Naval training center at Bainbridge, Md.
Before World War II, Master Chief Dreisonstok studied accounting at Benjamin Franklin University. After the war, he earned a degree in accounting and business administration at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He was in the hotel business in Florida and New York City before being recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict. He also worked briefly for the Capital City Engraving Co., a family firm in Washington.
After returning to civilian life a second time, he worked for a department store and various investment firms in New York City.
In 1956, he moved to Washington area and went to work as a graphic arts visual aids specialist at the Naval Security Station here. He remained there unitl 1970. He joined HUD in 1972 and was an accountant there until his retirement for reasons of health early this year.
He also retired recently from the Naval Reserve, in which he had held the rank of Master Chief Yeoman since 1971.
Master Chief Dreisonstgok was a member of the Scottish Rite, the Bethesda Masonic Lodge No. 104, American Legion Post No. 105 in Bethesda, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3874 in Washington. He lived in Silver Spring.
Survivors include his mother, Lee Cohen, of Baltimore; his step-mother, Clara Dreisonstok, of Bethesda, and a brother, Erwin of Hyattsville.