Richard Taylor Symes
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LAFAYETTE - Richard "Dick" Taylor Symes, 92, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at home surrounded by family. Dick was born in Indiana and spent his childhood in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He attended Georgia Tech, studying industrial design. Dick is a veteran of WWII, serving in Patton's army as a Second Lieutenant. His bravery during the war earned him a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Dick married Evelyn Hamby on November 28th, 1944, and after the war they lived primarily in Atlanta, GA, Jeanerette, LA, Ponce, PR, and Lafayette, LA.
Dick spent his career as an engineer in the cotton and sugar industries, designing new machinery and methods of agriculture processing.
His passion for industrial design carried into his hobbies as well. He designed and built furniture and a house in the Bauhaus and Prairie style earlier in his career, and enjoyed creating model trains.
Dick was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his wife, and survived by two sons, one daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the Hospice of Acadiana for end-of-life care.
View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com
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Martin & Castille
330 Saint Landry Street
Lafayette, LA 70506
Published in the The Advertiser on Oct. 6, 2013