Dick Mallett stopped suffering on April 15, 2013, at home. He was born to Adam and Florence Mallett at Gorges Hospital in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone on Nov. 25, 1929. He attended Mt. Washington Country School for Boys in Bethesda, Md., as a young boy.
While living in the Panama Canal Zone and attending Pedro Miguel Elementary School, he progressed from Cub Scout to Boy Scout 1st Class and then joined the Sea Scouts and graduated from Balboa High School in 1952.
He was an accomplished swimmer and represented the Panama Canal Zone on the swim team. He never lost a race in which he competed. Some of his winning times have never been bested and will remain so since the Canal Zone Company no longer exists. He attended Ohio State University and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Then he attended Bliss Electrical School at Montgomery Jr. College in Tacoma Park, Md., Massey Business College in Jacksonville and Georgia Technical School in Chamblis, Ga.
He took an apprenticeship with the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician and worked in the Calibration Laboratory at NAS Jacksonville and Cubi Point Naval Air Station in Olongopo, Philippines.
He was privileged to visit many foreign countries associated with his position with the U.S. Navy which included five years in the Philippines. He retired in 1985 to devote himself full time to raising animals including his pig farm.
In 1955 he married Joan Hensler. They had four children, Richard L. Jr., John Francis, Sandra Lynn and Laurie Jeanne. Their marriage ended in divorce and he married Ruth McCall Kidwell in 1974. They combined their families Ann, Loretta, Carol, Dominic, Joan and Raymond.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 0037, Elks 829, VFW, NRA and Panama Canal Society and Panama Canal Museum. He became a Knight of Columbus Council 11046, rising to the 4th Degree Assembly 0166.
He was a member of the Roman Catholic faith and attended San Sebastian Church.
He leaves many people that loved him because he was a person that would do anything for anyone.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Mallett; sons, Richard Mallett, Jr. (Cecelia), John Mallett (Sue), Dominic Kidwell (Linda), and Raymond Kidwell; daughters, Ann Medlin, Loretta Zelig (Ralph), Carol Chianumba (Humphrey), Sandra Rekau (Michael), Joan Daniels (John Hedstrum), Laurie Reed (Ronald) and Christine Chamberlain (John); sister, Jeanne Wheeler; 29 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Requiem Mass will be at San Sebastian Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, with visitation at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers a donation to San Sebastian Building Fund is suggested.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.