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Dick was born in Athens, PA on May 9, 1928 and grew up in Drexel Hill, PA. He attended Drexel University enrolled in its ROTC program. While attending Drexel he met Elizabeth Budd, whom he married in 1952. After graduation, Dick entered the U.S.
as a 2nd Lieutenant, subsequently serving in the 1st and 4th Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He completed his military service as a Captain.
Dick began a civilian career as a manager of employment at RCA Service Company in Cherry Hill, NJ. In 1959 Dick and his family were sent to California where he was responsible for hiring scientists for the Atlas Missile Project. Following completion of the Atlas Missile Project, Dick held similar responsibilities for the Titan Missile Project. In the mid-1960's, with the wind-down of missile development program, Dick was laid off. Following a few years as a partner in an independent employment placement company, he spent twenty-five years as an insurance broker with New England Life from which he retired in 1995.
Dick was a man of many interests. Many members of his family came to America in the 17th century and he was active in the Sons of the Revolution, serving on its Board of Directors, and the Sons of Liberty Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of Granada Hills Masonic Lodge. Dick was a member of the Old Veterans Guard, and an active supporter and defender of the Los Angeles National Home on behalf of war-injured and impoverished Veterans who are homeless. He was one of the first volunteers and was actively involved at the Guard's Sunday Rallies until declining health prevented him from physically attending, but he would always call and reinforce his support and dedication to the cause to "Save Our Veterans Land" and to "Bring Our Homeless Veterans Home." He was such an inspiration as he always reminded others of the importance to carry on in this noble cause.
Dick and Betty would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in April. He leaves behind his children, Richard, Jr., Laurel Anne Sarge (Jack), Cheryl Gaydos (Andrew) and Deborah; and grandchildren, Heather, Rachel and Jack Sarge and Renae and Kacy Gaydos.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Feb. 23, 2014
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