Richard A. Fast, age 92, of Coconut Creek, FL, formerly of Huntington, IN, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2013 at his home. Graveside services will be held in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery in Huntington at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 with Pastor Richard Strick officiating and military graveside rites performed by the VFW Post #2689 of Huntington. Preferred memorials are to "First Coast No More Homeless Pets" in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Drive, Huntington, IN. Richard was born on September 19, 1921 in Huntington, the son of Evan A. and Ethel E. (Goshorn) Fast. His father passed away in Richard's early childhood, and his mother remarried Russell Wilhelm, his stepfather who helped raise him. Richard graduated from Huntington High School in 1940 and he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He graduated from Purdue University in 1949 with a B.S. in Trade and Industrial Education, and he received his master's degree from Florida Atlantic University. He was married to Barbara (Miller) Fast for 19 years, and Sandy (Margolin) Fast for 30 years. Richard always loved animals and had several pets in his lifetime. Richard retired in 1983 from Lee County Schools in Ft. Myers, FL. He taught mathematics for over 30 years, and was a supervisor of the Mathematics Department of Lee County Schools. Prior to this he worked for the General Motors Institute as an instructor. He was also a commercial charter pilot. Richard is survived by two daughters - Pamela Stanley of Jacksonville, FL and Cathy (& husband Ted) Keys of Sanderson, FL; a granddaughter - Kelly Hardee, and a grandson - Justin Hardee, both of Glen St. Mary, FL; Barbara Fast, former wife, and a close special friend - Babette Lustig of Coconut Creek, FL. He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, and a spouse. Friends may share an online tribute on the guestbook at www.baileylove.com.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, 2013