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Richard Allen Hedrick

1942 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Richard Allen Hedrick Obituary
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Richard Allen "Dick" Hedrick, loving and dedicated husband of over 48 years, encouraging and inspiring Dad to three daughters, proud Popi of four grandchildren, and welcoming father to two sons-in-law, bravely fought the battle against lymphoma and won the ultimate victory when he returned home to his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Service: In celebration of Richard's life, the family will receive visitors from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, with a service to follow at 6 p.m., at Hampton Inn, 1600 Hurst Town Center Drive, Hurst, 76054. A service of interment in Arlington, Va., will be scheduled at a later date, to be determined. Memorials: Gifts may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, http://www.lls.org/waystohelp/ donate/, 1-888-557-7177. Born Feb. 6, 1942, in Huntington, W.Va., to Norman and Alice Hedrick, Richard was always a high achiever and believed in going the extra mile, always doing his best in all of his endeavors. He was well known for his survival skills in the toughest of conditions; he worked as a lifeguard, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14. Richard graduated from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va., in 1959, at the age of 16. He attended Ferrum College before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, where he was invited to attend OCS, due to his diligence and exceptional problem-solving skills. Dick chose to remain on duty serving the flight-line in aviation electronics, as he believed he could best serve his country in that capacity. As a staff sergeant, he was both an instructor and mentor, and was able to share his in-depth and often uncanny electronics knowledge and abilities, alongside his strong patriotism and love of country. He was a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force with a service record that includes numerous commendations and medals. Following his service in the Air Force, Dick returned to his hometown of Chesapeake, Va., with his wife, Sandra, where they built their family home. Richard subsequently worked for General Electric and Tandy Corporation, and in 1989, relocated from Virginia to Fort Worth as an international electronics buyer for Tandy Corp. Richard was well traveled, and had an appreciation for other cultures, art and music. As family grill master, he enjoyed cooking, both indoors and out. He was a tenacious crossword puzzler and a formidable Scrabble opponent. His scouting experience provided us with a family camping expert, as he could start a campfire with two sticks, create a masterpiece meal in the wilderness, pitch a tent in the dark while it was raining, and tell the best campfire stories imaginable. Richard had natural musical talents and was a self-taught guitar player. His ability to conceptualize a completed project, including the necessary steps involved, coupled with his gift for woodworking, yielded numerous building design, remodeling and repair projects. Richard's unique sense of humor, his love of practical jokes and the magic tricks he performed for his children and grandchildren provided us all with much laughter and love over the years. An animal lover with a decided preference for dogs over cats, Richard also leaves behind his loving Yorkies, Olivia and Sumo. As a Christian, Richard understood and appreciated the gift of life. He also embraced and modeled both love and forgiveness. He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend who will be terribly missed until we meet again. Well done, Dad, we love you! Survivors: His beautiful bride and partner in life of over 48 years, Sandra Ferguson Hedrick; three daughters, Tammy Hedrick-Robertson of Virginia Beach, Va., Jennifer H. Young of Grandview and Andrea H. Ramos of Bedford; grandchildren, Benjamin J. Harrington, Harrison J. Hedrick Robertson, Thomas Richard Harrington and Caitlynn A. Robertson; and sons-in-law, Randy Young and Kaz Ramos. Richard is also survived by two sisters, Betty Bryant of Suffolk, Va., and Margaret Cuthriell of Portsmouth, Va.; and brother, Charles Hedrick of Chesapeake, Va.
Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 11, 2013
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